Nominations are now closed for RGV Citizen of the Year, but you still have a chance to influence the outcome. Vote below on your choice. Your vote will be recorded and will go to our panel of judges, which has the final decision on this year's choice.

RGV Citizen of the Year 2017 Nominations

I’d like to acknowledge and recognize Pastor Rolando Garcia, of Olmito, as 2017 RGV Citizen of the Year because he has impacted our youth and our community. His values preach on helping better our youth and enriching them by encouraging them and letting them know their full potential. He hol…

In 2013, the Houston Chronicle published an article that caught the attention of Mike Hernandez, a 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University living in Fort Worth. The article identified his hometown of Brownsville as the poorest city in America. While Mike had risen comfortably to run the la…

Aaron Nick Cantu, of Edinburg, has been a realtor since age 19. In 2015, he was elected one of the youngest president’s of the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors. He started the Young Professional’s Network, an arm of the association, to grow the involvement in decision-making by the ne…

Eli Lara, of McAllen, has a heart for the Rio Grande Valley sharing hope everyday on the radio station Radio Vida with a program called Jovenos con Proposito every day from 5 to 6 p.m. He also is a motivational speaker, sharing hope for today’s kids and youth all over the Valley and around t…

Through his work at reviving El Globo & Foy’s Supermarkets, Pete Charles, of Mission, has provided an example of the good that a small business can accomplish in our community. In 2017, he helped lead an effort to provide relief for displaced Hurricane Harvey victims. He gave El Globo &a…

No one in the Rio Grande Valley would question the impact Winter Texans make here. We eat out, we shop, we buy food and clothing and gifts and household items, furniture and appliances and cars. We attend shows and concerts and festivities. We volunteer, we contribute, we donate. We are warm…

George Avila, of Pharr, owner of Infinity Drug and Alcohol Screening, is a true pillar of the community. As a local business owner everything he does is with his community in mind. He works closely with local cities and sponsors events aimed at keeping our youth out of trouble. Everyone that…

I would like to nominate my dear friend and colleague, Evonne Garcia, of Edinburg, as 2017 RGV Citizen of the Year. I first met Evonne back in 2008 when she was an ER nurse working at Mission Hospital. She was looking for ways to help our community expand services to victims of sexual assaul…

RGV Citizen of the Year 2017 Nominations

Elba Rocha was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. As a child, she was brought over to the United States by her parents. She spent a lot of her childhood as an “undocumented” person. Eventually, she and her family were able to obtain their U.S. residency. When she got older, she became a ci…

I nominate Julie Ann Vera, owner and operator of Julie Vera Real Estate Co., of Weslaco, for 2017 RGV Citizen of the Year for. She provides rental apartments and rental homes for the working class. She is very much involved in the remodeling of used apartments and used homes, to provide hous…

As a child, Priscilla Garza, of Mission, saw the challenges her mother faced as a single-parent farm worker. She is now a first-generation high school graduate and first-generation college student in her immediate family. She was exposed to working in the fields, picking asparagus and packin…

I nominate Rosie Martinez, of Mission, for RGV Citizen of the Year for her unwavering dedication to assist victims of crime in Hidalgo County. Ms. Martinez is the Victims Unit director for the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office. She has served victims of crime for the past 17 years an…

My son Nick Peters’ battle with cancer lasted for seven years, through two relapses and a bone marrow transplant. His suffering helped to open the eyes of many in the Rio Grande Valley community of the struggles of childhood cancer. His final seven months, through his bone marrow transplant,…

I nominate Scott Nicol, co-chairman of the Sierra Club’s Borderlands Campaign, as 2017 RGV Citizen of the Year for his dedication to raising awareness of the detrimental effects that a border wall would bring to the RGV community at an environmental and economic level. He also is an instruct…

The higher education, continued education and workforce services that South Texas College provides, under the leadership of President Dr. Shirley Reed, is under appreciated and undervalued. The awarding of a certificate, associate degree and/or bachelor’s degree from STC can change a person’…

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