Three to receive Fender Humanitarian honor

SAN BENITO — Known for being a local legend, musician Freddy Fender was also known for his many contributions to the local community.

No matter how famous he became, Fender always stuck to his roots and never forgot San Benito.

Fender recognized lifelong learning while supporting literacy and education for all, but particularly those with little means, said Ron Rogers, the South Texas Adult Resource Center president.

The START Center is a not for profit, 501c3 agency that has been providing educational programs and social services in Cameron County Texas since 1992.

Yesterday, the recipients of the 2016 Freddy Fender Humanitarian Award were announced at a combined business luncheon of the San Benito Rotary Club and the San Benito Chamber of Commerce.

Three are expected to be honored this year at the event that takes place in May.

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The $50 tickets for the awards ceremony can be purchased at START Center. Proceeds from the event will go toward the center.

The Awards Dinner will be held May 20 at 7 p.m. at Texas State Technical College, Cultural Arts Center 1902 North Loop 499.