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12/9/2016 Press Release
Central Fort Bend Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum

Left to right: Hope Johnston, Frontline Computer Services;; Mark Smith, MAS Telecom, LLC; Claire Rogers, Fort Bend County Museum Association; Lupe Uresti-Cabello, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum; Marla Jurek, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; Linda Reyna-Rubalcaba, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum; De Anna DeLeon, ‘Friend of the Forum’; Joe Vera, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum; Wes Wittig, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office; Tom Wilson, Reading Road Professional Office Park; Ray Aguilar, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum; Brandon Sine, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Janie Warstler, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum; Cristina Lafuente , The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Christa Rollock, Christa Rollock Insurance

Central Fort Bend Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum


The Central Fort Bend Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for a member, Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum, on Thursday, December 8th. Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum was established in 2005 as a Rosenberg-based 501(c)3 non-profit/non-partisan corporation dedicated to the preservation of the Hispanos community and its diverse heritage by promoting a positive atmosphere through educational, social and civic events. Their main focus is raising funds for scholarships.

Business members attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to show their support and welcomed Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum and its Board of Directors to the Chamber family. The Board of Directors are Joe Vera, Lupe Uresti-Cabello, Janie Warstler, Linda Rubalcaba and Ray Aguilar who share the same values of improving all aspect of life in the community. Board of Director Joe Vera was presented a ribbon cutting certificate from Crista Rollock with Christa Rollock Insurance on behalf of the Chamber Ambassador Committee. Vera thanked the Chamber for the warm welcome and to all who support their cause. “We are glad to be a part of this community and to offer our services in support of higher education for all students,” says Vera.

The creation of the Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum was derived from a dream by the late Ernie Rodriguez who wanted to help provide better education for young students in the Fort Bend community. Vera says, “We are happy to extend our arms out to the community and Fort Bend County. With Ernie’s idea, we were able to form this organization and raise funds for over 175 scholarships in the county with the help of our partners. We’ve also issued a few scholarships in surrounding counties as well. We don’t turn away any student who wants to apply.”

Fort Bend Hispanic Heritage Forum will be hosting its 3rd Annual Awards Banquet on March 9, 2017 at the Rosenberg Civic Center. “We are looking for assistance again this year to continue our commitment of opening the doors of higher education to students seeking scholarship opportunities,” says Board of Director Janie Warstler.

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The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 105 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit

Debbie Kilen, Programs Director, 281-342-5464,




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