Celia Henkis chosen Mother of the Year 2000-2001

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 20            May 18, 2000

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Mother of the Year Celia Henkis

To pay tribute to the mothers who reside in San Pedro, the San Pedro Town Council and the Mother's Day committee, held a grand Mother's Day celebration on Sunday. An evening religious ceremony was held at the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church in their honor. The program, scheduled to take place after mass at Central Park, was moved to The Coral Sand Convention Center at the Belize Yacht Club due to possible showers forecasted for the evening.

    The Convention Center was filled to capacity as over five hundred mothers came out to celebrate their special day. Mayor Alberto Nuñez, Councilor Mel Spain and Area Representative Patty Arceo welcomed and addressed the gathering before the entertainment part of the program commenced. Mistress of Ceremonies for this special occasion was Ms. Vilma Villanueva.

     Both Barbara's Dance Group and the San Pedro Dance Company gave their best performances; a show fit for that wonderful person - Mom. The Miss Chiquitita contestants also made a special appearance during the program. As the mothers delighted in the always-entertaining show, they enjoyed a full course dinner served by students of St. Matthew's University. In addition, various raffles were drawn during the program. Miss Melina Guerrero of Barbara's Dance Group and the San Pedro High School Choir made an impressive solo appearance singing "La Isla Bonita." Caribbean artist Keith Lyn made a special appearance and serenaded the mothers with some of his romantic songs. No Mother's Day celebration would be complete without Mariachis, and many were swept off their feet as Mariachis Los Camperos, from Chetumal, Mexico performed some of their favorites until 4:00 a.m.

Senior dancers of the San Pedro Dance Company

    The final announcement was the title of Mother of the Year 2000-2001, which went to Mrs. Celia Henkis. Mrs. Henkis was chosen from twenty-four others previously selected candidates. Outgoing Mother of the Year, Mrs. Lina Guemez was given the honor of choosing the winner. Mrs. Celia Henkis is 83 years old and the mother of seven children. She received a number of prizes including a gold chain and Mother of the Year pendant, a plaque, cake and other prizes. This night was indeed Mrs. Henkis' night, as she also won the raffle of "Best Mother" and received a certificate and a lamp. Mrs. Janet Acosta was awarded a prize for being the mother of the youngest baby. This year a new category and prize were announced: The Mother/Father Prize. The person selected was the mother who has had the difficult task of raising her children alone, taking on the responsibility of both parents. The prize was a washing machine and went to Mrs. Yolanda Ayuso. By the end of the evening over 140 prizes had been given out.

    The organizers of the Mother's Day Program would like to thank all the mothers who attended, the entertainers and all businesses and individuals who donated towards this program.

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