The Rockwall County League of United Latin American Citizens is closing out the year with a celebration, coming up next week.

The organization will have its “End of Year Celebration” where they will recall the closing year's accomplishments and present partner awards and the Most Inspiring Member of the Year award. This is the first year the council will award the Most Inspiring Member of the Year Award, Ericka Ledferd, president of the Rockwall County LULAC said.

“The new Rockwall County LULAC administration has decided to highlight our members' high profile qualities and their positive impact in our community, and our local partners whose support is so very much appreciated,” Ledferd told the Herald-Banner. “In the past, the council awarded high profile LULAC supporters who contributed to our local council such as former Sheriff of Dallas County, Guadalupe Valdez, and Texas House of Representatives for House District 103, Rafael Anchía. 

In addition to the awards, the LULAC celebration will feature two speakers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Daniela A. Ruiz and Bora Laçi. Ruiz is a Dallas native and currently works as a producer for Telemundo and reporter for D210 Sports covering football and FC Dallas, a soccer club based in Frisco. Laçi is the Assistant Director of Programs at the Tower Center for Political Studies for Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. 

The closing speaker for the event will be Fred Fuentes, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management for Hispanic Outreach and Retention at Texas A&M University - Commerce. 

Entry to the event is free to the public for those seeking to learn more about LULAC and the local council’s work throughout Rockwall County. Those interested in attending must register in advance since space is limited. The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Rockwall County Library, 1215 E. Yellowjacket Lane in Rockwall.

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