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Chamber presents coveted lava lamp awards

June 21, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Loli Torres of the Employment Development Department, Calexico City Manager Richard Inman and Calexico Unified School District Superintendent Roberto Moreno each won lava lamp awards at the Calexico Chamber of Commerce annual membership dinner Thursday night in the Hotel De Anza.

The lava lamp award, an actual, burbling lava lamp, is the most prestigious award given out by the chamber each year, according to the chamber's executive director, Hildy Carrillo-Rivera.

She told the crowd packed into the Hotel De Anza that past winners have included community bedrocks who have all worked to make Calexico better. The lava lamps have been awarded since 1995.


Torres was honored this year for helping to organize the Mariachi Festival, among other community works. She is an outreach worker for the farm worker community at Calexico's EDD office and helps plan the annual migrant workers' appreciation breakfast.

Inman took home a lamp because he frequently volunteers at chamber events. Carrillo-Rivera also gave him credit for coining the phrase "Viva Calexico!" which she said has become very popular throughout the city.

Moreno was honored for his 31 years of service to the Calexico Unified School District and "for always looking younger than he is," Carrillo-Rivera said. The superintendent plans to retire at the end of the year.

At the end of the evening, Louie Wong, the owner of Imperial Avenue's Yum Yum Chinese Food, took over as chamber president.

Past president Libby Peraza of Valley Independent Bank was lauded throughout the evening for her efforts during the past two years that she served as president.

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