The day after the Chicago Heights closed out its first Sister Cities Fall Festival, Mayor David Gonzalez sent a letter to the editor of Chicago Heights Patch. The letter details his opinion of the event and the city that hosted it.
Here's what Mayor David Gonzalez had to say about the festival:
This past weekend the City of Chicago Heights celebrated the first Festival of Sister Cities. Sister Cities International was founded in 1956 to create and strengthen partnerships between the United States and International communities. Chicago Heights is truly a ‘melting pot’ of nationalities with common values and goals.
The relationship with our four sister cities, San Benedetto del Tronto, Wadowice, Cedral, and the Asuogyaman District illustrates our city’s history, and it’s cultural and ethnic diversity.
During the course of the two day event I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of entertainment and food but more importantly this celebration was a great reminder of one the reasons I ran for mayor. It reminds me that it will take more than one single person to move this city forward; it will take an entire community. Together as a community there are no challenges that we cannot overcome.
Without the generous support from many business sponsors and the partnership with the Chicago Heights Park District, Bloom High School and Bloom Township Center, this festival would not have been possible.
I want to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, and the community for their continued support of our city.
-Mayor David Gonzalez