HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, or GACLA, today announced a multi-agency celebration commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Forum Auditorium at 500 Walnut Street in Harrisburg. The pre-show begins at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free of charge.
This year's theme, "Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enriching and Enabling America."
"During Hispanic Heritage Month, we encourage all Pennsylvanians, and the nation as a whole, to recognize, respect and reflect on the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the rich and diverse culture landscape America enjoys," said Luz Colon, executive director, GACLA. "The commonwealth is excited to present an event that is culturally educational and informative."
Featured speakers for the event are Pennsylvania State Representative Leslie Acosta who will present a resolution honoring Spanish broadcast radio pioneer, Diego Castellanos and Pennsylvania State Representative Angel Cruz who will present a resolution honoring Latino recording artist, Luis Figueroa.
Highlighting the event will be cultural performances including Casa Villaseñor, a mariachi and Mexican folklore group led by Pedro Villaseñor; Los Bomberos De la Calle, a Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music group; and the Fuego Dance Company, a salsa dance group led by Hector Serrano.
Following the event, a sampling of Hispanic cuisine will be available to those attending the celebration. This event is free and open to the public. For special accommodations, contact 717-787-1286.
The 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is coordinated by the GACLA with the state departments of Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Conservation & Natural Resources, Corrections, Education, Environmental Protection, General Services, Health, Human Services, Insurance, Labor & Industry and State; Office of Administration; Board of Probation & Parole; and the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum, Pennsylvania Public Utilities, State Civil Service and Pennsylvania Turnpike commissions.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of General Services