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Grand opening of HOLA Hispanic community center

Grand opening of HOLA Hispanic community center
265 N. State St. Painesville Ohio
May 5, 2022

HOLA Ohio is a 501c3 Latino organization based in Painesville with a mission to empower the Latino community by creating opportunities through education, outreach, leadership development and economic advancement. In 2016 HOLA embarked on a project to develop a Hispanic community center to meet the demands of the growing Latino community and demand for its services. On May 5, 2022 the HOLA Hispanic Community Center had its grand opening.

HOLA Founder and CEO Veronica Dahlberg welcomed the crowd.

Veronica Dahlberg

Veronica Dahlberg

She then introduced a color guard from the Naval Reserve Center in Akron who posted the colors.

Color Guard from Naval Reserve Center in Akron

Color Guard from Naval Reserve Center in Akron


12 year old Tania Daniela Nicasio led the national anthem.

Tania Daniela Nicasio

Tania Daniela Nicasio


Then Father Alexander Spenik of St. Mary Catholic Church who gave a blessing.

Father Alexander Spenik

Father Alexander Spenik


Watch a video of the color guard, national anthem and blessing.



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Veronica Dahlberg told of how the HOLA Community Center came to be and then other supporters and dignitaries spoke. Unfortunately the lighting in the video is not the best because of a slide show in the background.



Avery Dennison's Tonya Horn

Avery Dennison's Tonya Horn

Manuel Lopez, Chair of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission

Manuel Lopez, Chair of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission

 Wesley Gillespie of Erie Bank

Wesley Gillespie of Erie Bank

Christine Shoop, Painesville City Council president

Christine Shoop, Painesville City Council president

Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko

Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko

Geoff Lipnevicius of Lincoln Electric

Geoff Lipnevicius of Lincoln Electric

Lake County Commissioner John Plecnik

Lake County Commissioner John Plecnik

Land Bank Director John Rogers

Land Bank Director John Rogers

representative of Congressman David Joyce

representative of Congressman David Joyce

Claudio Uribe-Garcia from the Mexican Consulate in Detroit

Claudio Uribe-Garcia from the Mexican Consulate in Detroit

Then the ribbon was cut to officially open the new center.

HOLA Ribbon Cutting


The festivities continued with delicious food made in the new kitchen and performances by the band Los Jilgueros de Altamira from Mexico and the HOLA Folkloric Dancers.

Los Jilgueros de Altamira

Los Jilgueros de Altamira

HOLA Folkloric Dancers

HOLA Folkloric Dancers


See photos and videos of the performances.




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