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Gov. Castro Shares 95th Birthday with Family, Friends

August 23, 2011

It was called “Una Tardeada Dorada,” which translates to “A Golden Afternoon Celebration.” It certainly was for former Gov. Raul Castro as more than 100 friends, family members and other supporters gathered to celebrate his 95th birthday.

The Raul H. Castro Institute hosted the June 12 celebration, in conjunction with their 5th anniversary, at the Americana Hotel in downtown Nogales, Ariz. The event included lively music from Mariachi Plato along with tributes from friends and family.

Joined by his wife Pat, Castro enjoyed cake, watched a video chronicling some of his life’s accomplishments and enjoyed the company of those who wanted to celebrate his rise from humble beginnings as the second youngest of 14 brothers and sisters born in Mexico to Arizona’s only governor of Mexican-American descent.

Gov. Castro said the event was touching and emotional for him. “Needless to say this is one of the happiest moments of my life and also a very sentimental evening,” he remarked to well-wishers.

Others paid tribute to the governor as well.

“Thank you for blazing a trail for so many of us and allowing us to follow your example on how each of us can change the world on our own terms,” said Gonzalo de la Melena, president/CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, presenting sponsor of the event.

PC President Dr. Anna Solley, who hails from Nogales, Ariz., said Gov. Castro’s deep compassion, work ethic and life story continues to make him a role model for youth and all community members.

“He remains a tireless advocate for those striving to share in the American dream,” she said.

In addition to the generous support of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Favour of Favour Moore & Wilhelmsen P.A., Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, Arizona Public Service and Daniel R. Ortega, Jr., of Roush, McCracken, Guerrero & Ortega law firm helped to sponsor the celebration.

View photos of the celebration on the Raul H. Castro Institute Flickr account.