(PITTSBURGH) October 1, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle today kicked off Hispanic Heritage Week, Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, in the City of Pittsburgh, announcing a list of events to celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich Hispanic culture. The City, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, will host events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month – Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. – ranging from lectures and forums, to a film series and Hispanic culture fair. Low-cost flu shots will also be offered. The week-long celebration comes after last week's announcement at The Pittsburgh Promise's annual meeting that a new Promise initiative will attract and welcome Latinos to Pittsburgh.
“Pittsburgh is a welcoming city, a diverse city, and we're increasing our efforts to reach out to our Hispanic community," Ravenstahl said. "I’m thrilled for this opportunity to celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich Hispanic culture and demonstrate the valuable contribution it adds to our City's vibrancy. By partnering with our universities and Hispanic community leaders, as well as The Pittsburgh Promise, we're making sure that Pittsburgh's range of opportunities reach all of our residents.”
The Pittsburgh Promise – in collaboration with the City’s Hispanic community leaders and leaders in the corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit education, political and community development sectors – has taken the next step to help attract Latinos to Pittsburgh. Together, the group will reach out to families and organizations within a 300-mile radius of the City to highlight our thriving economy, vibrant culture and career opportunities, and encourage them to come to Pittsburgh.
"It is an honor for Pittsburgh to recognize Hispanic heritage in a week of celebrations that highlight the many ways our culture has been enriched by the contributions of Hispanics in Pittsburgh and the US," said Councilman Lavelle. "It is a community that has been welcomed in our City, which continues to grow and which provides a key to the future success of our region."
The week-long celebration includes the following events:
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Wednesday, Oct. 3
“Providing Health Care for an Invisible Community: Salud Para Ninos Celebrating 10 Years of Service”
“De la Mano con la Salud: A Network of Latino Men”
Friday, Oct. 5
Saturday, Oct. 6
Monday, October 1, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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