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DNR Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Program On September 19

Photo of Gabriel I. Albornoz

Annapolis, Md. (September 15, 2011) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Fair Practices will sponsor a 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month program and celebration at 12 p.m. on September 19 in the C-1 Conference Room of the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker will be Gabriel I. Albornoz, director of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. He currently oversees 37 recreational facilities, 300 employees and manages a department budget of 28 million dollars, serving over 600,000 Montgomery County residents per year.

His address will focus on his professional experience and recommended best practices for reaching diverse park visitors, as well as his perspectives on Hispanic American communities within Maryland and the U.S.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a national annual celebration from September 15 to October 15 honoring Hispanic culture and the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because of its anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important history and early presence of Hispanic Americans within North America, as well, in locations such as San Francisco, California, Texas, and St. Augustine, Florida.

The program is free of charge and the public is invited to attend and participate. A light lunch will be served. The Tawes Office Building is located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. Please contact Richard W. Allen of the DNR Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058 for further information.

   September 15, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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