PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

Valley Residents Recognized During Senior Day at the Capitol

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Amigos Del Valle, Inc., celebrating Senior Day at the Capitol were honored with a Senate Resolution Tuesday, Feb. 13 for their dedication and work to improve the lives of senior citizens in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. Shown left to right are Sen. Carlos Uresti (San Antonio); Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (McAllen); Emilio Vera, Amigos Del Valle Board Vice President; Fred Longoria, Board member; Jose E. Garza, Executive Director; Luis Gonzalez (King); Blanca Loya (Queen); Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr (Brownsville).

AUSTIN, TX -- Representatives from Amigos Del Valle, Incorporated, yesterday were honored with a Resolution in the Senate Chamber by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. for their work to improve the lives of seniors citizens in the Rio Grande Valley.

Amigos Del Valle is a consortium of county and city governmental entities that provide nutrition, transportation and housing services to the senior citizens of Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties.

"This agency assists and encourages senior citizens to live healthy, productive and self-sufficient lives," said Sen. Lucio. "Their work is to be commended and supported."

Amigos Del Valle began offering services to seniors in 1975 with a budget of $375,000, and by 2005 the agency's budget had increased to approximately $7 million. Thousands of senior citizens have used these services to maintain their health and to live their lives with dignity.

The agency consists of an established network of employees and more than 500 volunteers, providing assistance through 32 senior centers, nine senior multifamily rental housing projects and a central kitchen facility.

Organizations such as the National Council of La Raza, the Southwest Society on Aging and Hispanic Business Magazine have honored Amigos Del Valle for its outstanding services.

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