Abrazo Children

Abrazo Children star in annual bridge ceremony

When officials from the United States and Mexico gather at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge on February 21 for the annual Abrazo ceremony, the festivities will start with the exchange of warm embraces and handshakes between four smiling children.

Since 1969, the International Good Neighbor Council (IGNC) has organized the Abrazo Children’s participation in the International Bridge Ceremony sponsored by La Posada Hotel/Suites.

The council’s Laredo and Nuevo Laredo chapters honor the children—two from the United States and two from Mexico—at a formal reception in January.  Sponsored by RC Cola and the Trevino Family, the reception showcases the children and their beautiful, culturally appropriate attire.

Children, whose parents or relatives are volunteers with either the Washington’s Birthday Celebration (WBCA) or IGNC, are nominated through an application process with selection criteria listed in the nomination form. The Abrazo Children are then chosen by a committee comprised of executive members of WBCA and IGNC.

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Many Abrazo Children are second generation kids, who, as their parents did in their early years, are now representing either the United States or Mexico as an Abrazo Child.

The International Good Neighbor Council has chapters throughout the U.S. and Mexico.  It strives to foster goodwill between the two neighboring countries. The Abrazo Children symbolize the warm feelings that permeate the relationship between the communities along the Texas border.

Abrazo Children Representing throughout the Years

Mexico

1969 Adriana Mounetou Pérez & José Luis Vázquez Costilla

1970 Gayle Brittingham & Ignacio G. Montemayor Martínez, Jr.

1971 María de la Paz Quintanilla Solís & Alfredo De León Montemayor

1972 Diana Montemayor Martínez & Eduardo Luis Garza

1973 Ameli Mounetou Pérez & Gerardo Vázquez Costilla

1974 Niria Chalay Guarneros Carranza & José Virgilio Guarneros Carranza

1975 Sharon Ferrara Theriot & Ernesto Ferrara Theriot

1976 Sandra Barrios Castaño & Prisciliano Barrera Guzmán III

1977 Elsa Yvette González Basurto & Raúl Sergio Villarreal

1978 Susana Bolaños Barrios & Ernesto Casso Carranza(no corresponde a este año)

1979 María Lourdes Gutiérrez & Eduardo Cañamar Ferrara

1980 Mónica Gómez Gutiérrez & Eduardo Cervantes Ramírez

1981 Susana Bolaños Barrios & Ernesto Casso Carranza

1982 Claudia Vázquez Zebadua & Bernardo Gallegos Treviño

1983 Yvonne Cantú & José Eduardo Casso Osornio

1984 Claudia Izar Rios & Fernando Rios

1985 Irma Mirthala Garza & Jose Covarrubias

1986 Liliana Cuellar Garza & Jorge Valdez Ceballos

1987 Vanessa Bazán Musquiz & Carlos F. Longoria

1988 Adriana Fernández Zaragoza & Ángel Javier Urteaga

1989 Gabriela Vázquez Zabadua & Mario Valdez Flores

1990 Adriana Melissa Garcia & Manuel E. Garza

1991 Cassandra Nile Longoria & Raul Lozano

1992 Georgina Garza Ramos & Alejandro Salinas

1993 Liz Angélica Sandoval Ramos & Sergio Alberto Vela López

1994 Leticia Alejandra Larios & Lauro Luis Guajardo Garcia

1995 Melisa Elizabeth Aguayo Girón & Juan Rendón Hinojosa

1996 Daniela Torres Vázquez & Basilio Ramos Guajardo

1997 Alina Judith Mena Gordillo & Andres F. Ortega Herrera

1998 Carolina Denise Vela Lopez & Sergio E. Miranda Chapa

1999 Diana A. Ramos Guajardo & Eduardo Torres Garcia

2000 Andrea Becerra Enríquez & Jose Jesus Gonzalez Martinez

2001 Sarai Betsabe Santana Giron & Eduardo Fabian Cantu Lopez

2002 Miriam Graciela González Martínez & Eduardo Cervantes García

2003 Rebeca Edith Santana Giron & Juan Eduardo Guarneros Peña

2004 Daniela Virgen González & Manuel Elizaldi Barrios

2005 Angelica Hinojosa Rodriguez & Maximiliano Ramos Guajardo

2006 Andrea Carolina Guerra Chapa & Ariel Sebastián Gomez Lozano

2007 Dariela Maria Gomez Lozano & Maximiliano Arguindegui Mounetou

2008 Mariajosé Cervantes García & Leopoldo Daniel García Cavazos

2009 Sofía Mendoza De la Miyar & Adrian Garza De Hoyos

2010 Leticia Carolina Garcia Cavazos & Daniel Octavio Gomez Rechy

2011 Paloma Chapa Mendoza & Ernesto Knosel Reina

2012 Analia Mounetou Monroy & Alberto Perez Vazquez

2013 Maria Resendez Rodriguez & Emilio Lerma Garza

2014 Gisella Rosa Carranza Gutierrez & Eduardo Andres Lerma Bazan

2015 Alexandra Carriedo Villarreal and Franco Garza Carmona

2016 Claudina Patricia Vazquez Gonzalez and Juanmario Barragan

United States

1969 Martha Bruni & Roberto E. Bruni

1970 Marleen Allen & Lynn Prestgard

1971 Michelle Martin & Sammy Yates, Jr.

1972 Jennifer Magnon & Richard Rodriguez

1973 Christine Joan Holliday & John Andrew Kazen

1974 Alejandra Gonzalez & Joaquin E. Cigarroa

1975 Patricia Solis & Mark Valls

1976 Marisa Pena & William McKendrick, IV

1977 Kathleen Brinkley & Renato Zapata, III

1978 Gabriela Margarita Gonzalez & C. Michael Hein

1979 Rosa Andrea Tijerina & Ramiro Elizondo, Jr.

1980 Jenny Dovalina & Stephen Vela

1981 Lisa Guajardo & Gilbert Guajardo

1982 Nora Lee Notzon & David Whitworth

1983 Lisa Jacobs & Michael David Portman

1984 Kimberly Jackson & Elliot Jackson

1985 Erika G. Garcia & William Nesbit Hall, III

1986 Julia Casso & John H. Keck, Jr.

1987 Minnie Dora Haynes & Hector F. Martinez, Jr.

1988 Katherine Randal Keck & George Macdonald, III

1989 Michelle Bernice Perez & Patricio David Sanchez

1990 Kelly Marie Jackson & Carlos Manuel Zaffirini, Jr.

1991 Courtney Sames & David W. Killam, Jr.

1992 Cristel Castillon & Daniel James Nicholson

1993 Kristina A. Rathmell & Joaquin Dario Ramirez

1994 Linessa Michelle Zuniga & Jason Macdonald

1995 Reine Ann LaMantia & Jeffrey Kane Alexander

1996 Meaghan E. Farrell & Joaquin Cigarroa, IV

1997 Hannah Laura Treviño & Mercurio Martinez, IV

1998 Tiffany Wong & Roger A. Blair

1999 Amy Elizabeth Ender & Roberto L. Rathmell

2000 Charlotte Sue Jackson & Charles Jerome Averill

2001 Casey Ann Zúñiga & Luis Emmanuel Guajardo

2002 Alejandra Victoria Bravo & Carroll E. Summers, IV

2003 Natalie Angela Notzon & Sabás Zapata IV

2004 Madison Victoria Peterson & Austin Alexander Valls

2005 Cristina Victoria Palacios & Carlos Antonio Alvarez

2006 Andria Josefina Zuñiga & Ruben Anthony Enriquez

2007 Raquel Irene Barrientos Cardenas & Luke Bently Lamberth

2008 Alexa Anne Treviño & Arturo Thomas Volpe

2009 Katrina Nicole Hein & Michael Robert Cerda

2010 Madison Grace Rosales & Stephen Cole Weathers

2011 Katarina Garcia and Evan Valls

2012 Jordann Paris Hale & Ryan Montgomery Moore

2013 Isabella Gibson & Edward Henry Maddox

2014 Isabella Gonzalez & Frank Riley Puig

2015 Valeria Lucia Montemayor and John Roman Galo

2016 Anna Victoria Herbig and Michael Casso