|Mother of the Year Tomasita
"Mother is all
love" was the theme Sunday evening as the San Pedro Town
Council paid special tribute to the mothers of the island. A gala event was held
at the Coral Sand Convention Center to commemorate the multitude of wonderful
women who are the backbone of our families. The event, well-organized by Deputy
Mayoress Mel Spain and her committee was a first class act and fit for a "queen"
as all the mothers present were referred to. Not even the weather could stop
these ladies from celebrating this special occasion and the night lived up to
The show was opened by Councilor Omar
Arceo who gave the welcome address followed by a special tribute to mothers by
Councilor Domingo Perez. Deputy Mayoress Mel Spain then gave the vote of thanks.
Immediately after these formalities, the San Pedro Town Council announced Mrs.
Tomasita Gomez as the Mother of the Year 2001. "The Councilors feel that Mrs.
Gomez is a worthy representative of the mothers of this island. Throughout the
years she has not only managed to instill moral values in her children, but has
shared her wisdom with the community," the Deputy Mayoress told the San Pedro Sun. This newspaper also contacted Mr.
Einer Gomez, one of Mrs. Tomasita's sons who commented, "It is an honor for us
that she was chosen. She is very special to our family. For us, she is Mother of
the Year every year but her recent selection as Mother of the Year from the
community is an even bigger honor."
|Deputy Mayoress Mel Spain, Mirza Trejo and Melanie Paz
Along with the crown and sash, Mrs. Gomez
was presented with a bouquet, a commemorative plaque and a 14-carat gold chain
and pendant. The selection for Mother of the Year was also a crowd pleaser,
demonstrated by the rest of the gathering as they applauded the announcement of
Mrs. Tomasita Gomez. Mrs. Gomez told the San Pedro Sun, "I am very happy and proud to have won the title of Mother of the Year
2001. I thank all the coordinators of this tribute to the mothers because I
believe this is a beautiful celebration, a very festive one and full of love.
The mothers feel very happy and it is a day that they look forward to every
year. We have to give thanks to our mother who is the Virgin Mary, Mother of
love and also have to give thanks to Jesus Christ, her divine son that fills us
with his blessings. I hope that this celebration continues as a tradition of La
Isla Bonita. Happy Mother's Day."
mothers enjoyed a gourmet dinner, they were entertained by local dance groups.
Adding to all the entertainment was a wonderful performance by the San Pedro
High School drama club who presented a humorous skit showcasing a parent/child
scenario. A special appearance by Mexican singer Flor del Rio from Chetumal had
the mothers reminiscing as she sang several classic romantic ballads. The
ever-funny comedian "Chocmil," also from Chetumal, added zest to the evening as
well, keeping the gathering "in stitches" with his original jokes. The attendees
also had a chance to win one of the many prizes raffled throughout the evening.
As the hours went by the show only became better as prizes were given out "left
and right." A special prize went to Mrs. Mirza Trejo as she was named the
Mother/Father of the Year for being a true representative of the word parent.
Mirza is a widow who has single-handedly raised two children; Dilcia, an honor
roll student of St. John's College/Junior College and Roberto, a child diagnosed
from birth with microcephaly.
After enjoying a delicious
meal, wonderful entertainment and prizes, the evening slowly wound down with the
melodious tunes of Wil and the Caribbean Shells. It was plain to see the evening
was enjoyed by all attending, and was a well-deserved treat for the special
people of our community - the mothers!