The Mission Historical Museum board of directors and committee for the 2016 “Wall of Fame” banquet will again honor five individuals who have influenced the Mission community for 30 years or more. This year’s distinguished list includes Dr. Ricardo Barrera, Kathy M. Brown, Hidalgo County Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores, Ruben Moreno and Coach Richard Thompson.
They will be honored at the 10th annual banquet at the Mission Community Center at the museum’s 10th annual banquet on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Mission Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The “Wall of Fame” Awards was developed in 2009, as a permanent exhibit in the main lobby of the Shary Building. Individuals are selected who have lived, worked, or owned a business in Mission for 30 years or more and who have shown dedication, leadership and contributions to the history and development of Mission.
Dr. Ricardo Barrera began practicing medicine in 1978 and moved his practice to Mission in 1983. He served as the Hidalgo County medical director for four years and spent seven years on the board of Mission Hospital (now Mission Regional Medical Center board). He served on the boards of two banks, and offered in-kind service to the Mission Eagles football team in the 1980s.
Kathy Brown was born in Mercedes and came to Mission after her marriage and began teaching in 1979 at Valley Christian School, part of the Rio Grande Children’s Home. She has spent decades dedicating her life to serving youth, the sick and elderly—serving meals, providing shelter and visiting shut-ins. She considered her work with her husband, Ric Brown, a ministry when they first ran Virgil Wilson Mortuary and continued serving the community when they later opened Ric Brown Family Funeral Home.
Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores is a vocal advocate, one of his most notable accomplishments was switching the county over to self-funded workers compensation and health insurance where the county has saved 50 to 60 million dollars. He has personally, financially supported the Mission Historical Museum banquet for the last eight years, has provided homes to the homeless and been a generous benefactor to his church.
Born and raised in Mission, Ruben Moreno graduated from schools here and went on to Pan American University where he received a degree in accounting which led to his successful career as a CPA with Long Chilton, LLP, for over 43 years and where he became a partner in 1983. He has volunteered his time to teaching fast-pitch softball to girls ages 8 to 18, a game he is passionate about. He has served on boards with numerous civic, education and church organizations.
Coach Richard Thompson comes from a Valley pioneer agricultural family. He graduated from Mission schools and Baylor University. He moved back to the Valley in 1980 to begin coaching at Sharyland High School. He is now in his 37th year with the school district and has served in an array of programs with the athletic department before becoming the athletic director in 2000. He has served on community and school district committees and received numerous awards in his field.
The banquet is the museum’s major fundraiser each year. Sponsorship opportunities include Platinum , $3,500; Gold, $2,500; or Silver, $1,000. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education programs, exhibits and future development.
The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with music and a silent auction. Dinner is served at 7:15 p.m. followed by the program and presentations. Individual tickets and table reservations are available at the museum office. Reserved tables for 10 guests is $400 for MHM members and $500 for non-members. Individual tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
For information and complete details on sponsorships, table reservations, or tickets, contact Linda Castañeda, banquet coordinator at 580-8646 or visit the museum at 900 Doherty Ave. Office hours areTuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.