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   GABRIEL IGLESIAS - OPERATION H.O.P.E. HONORS COMEDIAN
 
 
    Photo Captions:
    1.) Victor Cruz (92.3 the Fox) and his son Theo meet with Angel Gomez (cofounder of Operation H.O.P.E.)
    2.) Sheriff Richard Wiles presents comedian Gabriel Iglesias the Key to the City of El Paso.
    3.) Event MC and Newschannel 9 weatherman Mark Mathis shares a laugh with Gabriel Iglesias.
    4.) A Resolution honoring Iglesias was presented by El Paso County Commissioner Sergio Lewis with Policy & Project Coordinator Dora Oxaca.
    5.) A Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition is presented by Lucio Glenn, field representative to Congressman Silvestre Reyes.
    6.) Fluffy poses with two of the awards he received on this special day.
    7.) Rubi Gomez and Angel Gomez present Gabriel Iglesias the Beacon of H.O.P.E. award.
    8.) Angel shares his trademark look with Fluffy.
    9.) A rather large donut was a unique gift from Joe Martinez.
  10.) Mark Mathis announces Rickey Smith as the raffle winner.
  11.) Gabriel & Angel pose with Mario & Angel Vela.
  12.) Fluffy takes a well deserved break to enjoy a fresh fruit (paleta) ice pop.
  13.) Victor Cruz and son Theo are huge Fluffy fans.
  14.) County Commissioner Sergio Lewis and Gabriel Iglesias
  15.) Sheriff Wiles displays "The Blanket"
  16.) Noticias 26 TV personality Aldo Acosta and his wife Lori share a photo opportunity with the Fluffy Guy.
  17.) Comedian Martin Moreno and Gabriel's manager Joe Meloche enjoy the lunch provided.
  18.) Angel Gomez and Dora Oxaca
  19.) Rubi Gomez and Martin Moreno
  20.) Gabriel thanks Angel Gomez of Operation H.O.P.E. and all the other presenters at the fundraiser.
 
Ventanas - Spring 2012
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Article: Jim Widby
Photos: Lencho Guerra
 
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An afternoon fundraiser benefiting Operation H.O.P.E (which stands for Helping Other People Endure) was recently held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown El Paso. Nationally known stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias was the guest of honor as well as recipient of the organization's Beacon of H.O.P.E award. The annual award, which is given to individuals who provide hope during times of need, was presented to Iglesias on behalf of the non-profit by cofounder Angel Gomez. Previous recipients include, Pastors Joel & Victoria Osteen, ABC news anchor Estela Casas and LULAC Project Amistad CEO Xavier Banales. The comedian's appearance at the fundraiser helped bring in an estimated $5,000 to help residents of the local community who are underserved and have been affected by the recent downturn in the economy.

Several other awards were also bestowed upon the "Fluffy" comedian prior to his sold-out evening performance at UTEP's Don Haskins Center. Iglesias was presented the "Key to the City" by Sheriff Richard Wiles who filled in on behalf of El Paso Mayor John Cook. Wiles also presented Iglesias with an embroidered blanket from the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, which prompted the comedian to jokingly proclaim "I've never been given a blanket by a man!" County Commissioner Sergio Lewis and Dora Oaxaca then honored the funny man with a Commissioners Court Resolution. And finally Lucio Glenn, a field representative for Congressman Silvestre Reyes, recognized Iglesias for his service to the community with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. ///
 
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