Reginald Bass (second from right) & Fernando Ramirez (center) were recognized as Grand Marshals for this year's "One West Chicago, Many People, Many Cultures" themed parade. Fernando Ramirez, is the president of the Mexican Cultural Center in West Chicago, and devotes his time for the betterment of the Hispanic Community & History in West Chicago and the city overall. His commitment over the years through volunteering, planning community events, and more, has earned his seat as Grand Marshal.
The Reginald Bass family are a staple within the community of West Chicago; each family member donating their time to various charities/non-profits and community events to further strengthen this city. Being recognized is Reginald Bass, his wife Patty Bass, and children Sarah Bass, Drew Bass, Sophia Bass, and Catherine Bass. Congratulations to both the Bass family & Ramirez family on being recognized as Grand Marshals for this year's Railroad Days parade.
Mariachi los Rayos De Leman Middle School students were recipients of two winners of the Heritage Award.
About: Mariachi los Rayos de Leman Middle School is a recent and very welcome addition to the West Chicago community. Founded in September of 2016, Mariachi los Rayos and its feeder program serve approximately 30 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades providing the benefits of a comprehensive music education through the study of Mexico’s most famous music. Click Here for their Facebook page.
The West Chicago City Museum was this year's Grand Marshal Award winners; demonstrating the best float that keeps true to the parade theme, "One West Chicago, Many People, Many Cultures."
About: The West Chicago City Museum is a dynamic history and art center that inspires and involves the community through research, programs and exhibits. The museum vows to encourage and fulfill the cultural needs for expression, as well as promote acceptance and understanding of the West Chicago community. Click Here for their website.
WeGo Wildcats Special Olympics were the seconds winners of the Heritage award.
About: Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time. Click Here for their website.
West Chicago Sister Cities organization was the winner of the Turner Award.
About: The City of West Chicago invited a group from Taufkirchen, Germany to visit in 1998 and the cities decided to form an official Sister City Relationship. West Chicago Sister Cities (WCSC) was formed to facilitate this partnership between the communities. Today WCSC is comprised of a group of citizens who support and organize activities between the two cities and would like to pursue sister city relationships with other cities. Click Here for their website.