Heritage Night with the Toledo Mud Hens was awesome,
Special Tribute to Selena on August 30 at MidWest LatinoFest
By La Prensa Staffing
The Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Louisville Bats,
4 to 2, on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the 12th
annual Latino Heritage Night and scholarship presentation,
presented by SAO and La Prensa.
This year’s festivities featured pregame entertainment, 3-5
p.m., at the Ye Olde Cock n’Bull tavern, Huron and
Washington, directly across from Fifth Third Field. Grupo
Fuego, a popular Toledo/Pontiac-based Tejano band,
performed on the tavern’s stage. Lead vocalist is diva Yvonne
Ramos-Ybarra. The group has been recording new music for
their upcoming release of a new CD. Yvonne and Fuego
will also be the headliners in a special Selena Tribute
at this year’s MidWest LatinoFest, scheduled for August
30, 2014 at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo.
Entertainment to the game was partially subsidized by the
Toledo Mud Hens and El Camino Real restaurants.
Pregame festivities outside the ballpark’s main gate [Washington
and Huron Streets] began at 4:30 p.m. and included mariachis and
El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico,
a non-profit Mexican dance troupe whose performers use dance in
order to educate audiences on the rich culture of México.
Postgame fireworks celebrated the
event and victory of the Toledo Mud Hens.
Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp, Toledo Mayor D.
Michael Collins, and Lucas County Auditor Anita López
threw “first pitches” for SAO and La Prensa. Ten-year-old
Diego Díaz, who made the Perrysburg All-Star baseball
team, also threw a “first pitch,” while celebrating his July 20th
Proceeds from the game benefits both the Spanish-American
Organization’s (SAO) and La Prensa’s many benefit
funds, which include scholarships. SAO also hosts Thanksgiving
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 co-hosts this year’s MidWest LatinoFest,
scheduled at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo on Saturday,
August 30, 2014, from 2 until 11:00PM.
“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.”
Scholarships were awarded to college students during the pregame
ceremonies beginning 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 received a
$717 scholarship to Owens Community College. An
educational endowment with Owens was first established in 2003.
Scholarship recipients John
Adams and Christina Canales
El Corazón de México Ballet
a senior nursing major, and John Adams, a senior
psychology major, each received 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 and Northeast Ohio have also
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
photos of Latino Heritage Day