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Legislation #: 160722 Introduction Date: 9/22/2016
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JUSTUS, BARNES JR., CANADY, FOWLER, HALL, JAMES, JR., LOAR, LUCAS, MCMANUS, REED, SHIELDS, TAYLOR AND WAGNER
Title: Honoring the late Manuel J. “Manny” Lopez and recognizing September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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9/20/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/22/2016 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 160722

 

Honoring the late Manuel J. “Manny” Lopez and recognizing September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City lost one of its premier restauranteurs and civic leaders with the passing of Manny Lopez on April 29, 2016; and

 

WHEREAS, Manny and his wife Vivian opened Manny’s Mexican Restaurant in 1980 in Kansas City’s West Side neighborhood; and

 

WHEREAS, in spite of warnings that the restaurant would fail due to what some considered a dangerous area, Manny and his family persevered, and Manny’s Mexican Restaurant has since expanded and continues to thrive; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1988, Manny served as the president of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and was inducted in the Association’s Hall of Fame in 2005; and

 

WHEREAS, Manny served as co-chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and was active in the KC Convention and Visitors Association; and

 

WHEREAS, Manny was a passionate advocate for minority small businesses and served on the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board; and

 

WHEREAS, September 15 to October 15 is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the United States; and

 

WHEREAS, National Hispanic Heritage Month was created to recognize the economic, cultural, and social development Hispanics make to our local communities and to our Nation; and

 

WHEREAS, Manny was the personification of National Hispanic Heritage Month due to his perseverance through difficult times, hard work, and commitment to the Kansas City community and Hispanics everywhere; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby remember Manny Lopez for his many contributions and recognize September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in his honor; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy be presented to the family of Manny Lopez in a token of appreciation for Manny’s contributions to Kansas City by the Mayor and Council.

 

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