WBCA Names Mr. South Texas 2019

WBCA Names Mr. South Texas 2019

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LAREDO, TX — The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) has announced their selection of Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott as Mr. South Texas 2019 for the 122nd Washington’s Birthday Celebration.

“It is a tremendous honor to be named Mr. South Texas, and I thank the WBCA and the Selection Committee for this recognition,” said Governor Abbott. “Laredo and South Texas are a key part of our state’s success story, and I look forward to continuing our work together to make Texas even better.”

The Mr. South Texas designation is presented to a deserving individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region.  The formal announcement was made during a press conference held at Texas Community Bank (TCB) in Laredo. The event is sponsored and hosted by TCB.

“Texas Community Bank is pleased to sponsor the Mr. South Texas Luncheon and we congratulate Greg Abbott for his well-deserved recognition as Mr. South Texas for the 122nd Celebration. We’re excited to welcome such a fine and hardworking individual to our community and invite all Laredoans to join us in congratulating him,” said Douglas G. Macdonald, President & CEO of TCB.

The Mr. South Texas Selection Committee, comprised of past presidents of the WBCA and former Mr. South Texas recipients who reside in Laredo, meet and discuss possible candidates.  Committee members take great effort in creating an all-inclusive nominating pool of candidates from all walks of life who have made a significant impact on the area.

“Governor Abbott truly embodies what the Mr. South Texas Award represents,” said Jeffrey G. Puig, Chairperson for this year’s Mr. South Texas Selection Committee and WBCA Immediate Past President. “Governor Abbott is very deserving of this award and WBCA is proud to honor him.”

As the 48th Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott continues to build on his long record as a conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values like faith, family and freedom.

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, Texas again leads the nation in job creation due in part to successes from his first legislative session that included cutting billions in taxes, improving Texas roads, focusing on quality education, securing the border and expanding protection of Texans’ constitutional rights.

Governor Abbott’s achievements from the most recent legislative session are forging an even broader path to prosperity for more Texas families by building on safety and security, education, economic advancement and the preservation of liberty.

Prior to his 2014 election, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas. He also previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and a State District Judge in Harris County.

Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging.

Governor Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, a former teacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas, were married in 1981. Their daughter, Audrey, is a college student.

Together with the Mr. South Texas designation, Abbott becomes a member of a select group of national and international distinguished men and women who are honored for their dedication and countless hours of service and support to the Washington’s Birthday Celebration each year by an official induction ceremony and presentation of the Caballero Medallion.

One of the most celebrated and illustrious WBCA events is the Mr. South Texas Luncheon Hosted by Texas Community Bank, attended each year by dignitaries and honored guests from the United States and Mexico.  This year’s luncheon will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 12 p.m., at the Laredo Country Club.  Texas Community Bank generously sponsors the event.

The Mr. South Texas Luncheon Hosted by Texas Community Bank is one of more than 28 events in the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Calendar. Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more.  Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and contributes an estimated $14 million every year to the local economy.

Save the Date for the 122nd Washington’s Birthday Celebration, which takes place January 24 – February 25, 2019.

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