and Christmas food baskets, and community activities. SAO was
founded in 1994 out of concern for the high Latino high school
dropout rate and other educational concerns. Individual annual
SAO memberships also will be available for $15 each. La
Prensa has been publishing since 1989.
and SAO also host this year’s MidWest LatinoFest,
scheduled at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo on Saturday,
August 30, 2014.
“It’s a very, very popular event. We really don’t make any money
on it. It’s more to bring the Hispanic community out and enjoy
each other’s company,” said Carmen Barbosa, SAO
secretary/treasurer, referring to the Toledo Mud Hens
Scholarship Event. “It’s also a time for us to show some of our
heritage by having the mariachis and someone of our heritage
sing our music.”
Four scholarships will be awarded to Latino college students
during the pregame ceremonies scheduled to begin near home plate
at 5:30 p.m.
a sophomore majoring in pre-sonography, and Robert Santillan,
a sophomore majoring in marketing and sales, each will receive a
$717 scholarship to Owens Community College. An
educational endowment with Owens was first established in 2003.
a senior nursing major, and John Adams, a senior
psychology major, each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to
Lourdes University. SAO and Lourdes University first
partnered on an educational endowment fund in 2006.
The mission of SAO and La Prensa is to support the Latino
community and its youth by providing positive role models,
stressing family bonds, morals, and the values of Latino
“It’s so much fun. I enjoy doing this. It’s a lot of work
because we’re committed to selling 400 tickets—but this year has
been easier because every year they want to know about it, want
to participate, and want to be a part of this whole group,” said
Mrs. Barbosa, who explained people have called from as far away
as Defiance and Lima. Rico of La Prensa agreed, stating
that various cities in Michigan have also gotten involved.
Currently, the Toledo Mud Hens boasts six Latino players:
pitchers Melvin Mercedes (Dominican
and José Ortega (Venezuela), second baseman Hernán Pérez
(Venezuela), catchers Manny Piña (Venezuela), Ronny Paulino (Dominican
and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera (Venezuela).
The Louisville Bats roster contains ten Latino
ballplayers: pitchers Fabio Castillo (Dominican
Edgar González (México), Carlos Marmol (Dominican
Elvin Ramírez (Dominican
Pedro Villareal (Texas); third basemen Rubén Gotay (Puerto
outfielder Felix Pérez (Venezuela);
and second baseman