Saturday, 04 February 2012 10:47
The festival’s committee and City of Hidalgo leaders honored Hinojosa on Monday. Lt. David Dewhurst, who was last year’s honoree, was also present at the event.
He will later be honored at a reception dinner that raises money for scholarship programs of Hinojosa’s choice. Officials said the benefit dinner has raised over half a million dollars for Rio Grande Valley students.
Hinojosa, who represents District 20, which covers Hidalgo, Brooks, Jim Wells and Nueces counties, said he was humbled and honored by the recognition.
BorderFest officials said they selected Hinojosa based on his dedication to bringing economic and educational benefits to the region he serves.
“Over the years, we’ve been recognizing people who give unselfishly” and without expectations, said Hidalgo Mayor David Franz.