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Public invited to share free food, entertainment at RAHC groundbreaking festivities in Edinburg

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), cordially invites residents of the Rio Grande Valley to celebrate new beginnings at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Medical Research Division of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC), operated by UTHSCSA. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Edinburg at the corner of North Sugar Road and Schunior Street, adjacent to the site of the new UTHSCSA research facility. A reception including live music and plenty of food for all will follow the groundbreaking.

Festivities include the national anthem to be sung by Julie Herrera, daughter of Gladys and Humberto Herrera of Edinburg, as well as the presentation of colors by the Economedes High School Color Guard. Dr. Cigarroa, along with officials including Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Senator-elect and former State Representative Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and UT System Regent Pat Oxford, will offer remarks to commemorate the special day and to honor students from Edinburg High School, Edinburg North High School, Economedes High School and The University of Texas — Pan American.

Other officials attending include Miguel A. Nevárez, Ph.D., president, UT-Pan American, whose students and graduates will benefit from the presence of the RAHC scientists' research programs and an on-site doctor of pharmacy program; members of the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation: Reps. Roberto Gutierrez, Miguel Wise, Jim Solis, Rene Oliveira, Ismael (Kino) Flores, and Rep.-Elect Aaron Pena; community leaders; UT System and UT Health Science Center officials.

Contact: Aileen Salinas