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Northgate Gonzales Market Recognizes Juntos Award Recipients

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Northgate González Market has recognized 12 people during its Juntos Awards campaign, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Born out of the pandemic, the program’s message is that “we are all united in this journey to help those less fortunate,” according to the company. As part of the award, Northgate Market has announced $24,000 in grants to local nonprofits, selected by the honorees themselves, as beneficiaries of these funds.

“When my family first opened the doors to Northgate Market in 1980, we made a solemn commitment to give back to our valued customers,” said Miguel González, co-president.

“We have been truly blessed to have dedicated store associates, loyal vendors and steadfast community partners who consistently go above and beyond to support our mission of serving the Southern California community.”

Over the past year, Northgate Market has partnered with more than 200 community organizations, working to address critical issues such as food insecurity, providing free health screenings and conducting chronic disease and nutrition education programs.

The Familia González Reynoso Foundation recently distributed more than $200,000 in scholarships, furthering its commitment to the community’s educational advancement.

The recipients of the 2023 Northgate Gonzalez Market Juntos Award are:

  • David Lizarraga, TELACU
    • Benefactor: TELACU Education Foundation
  • Diana Pinto, South Central LAMP
    • Benefactor: South Central LAMP
  • Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai
    • Benefactor: Community Action Partnership of Orange County
  • Jim Bartell, San Diego PR consultant
    • Benefactor: Ryan’s Law Foundation
  • Omar Luzuriaga, Community Resource Officer
    • Benefactor: Bridge Community Center
  • Dr. Donald and Lois Verleur, Olive Crest
    • Benefactor: Olive Crest
  • Bob and Kathy Mason, Mason Insurance Services
    • Benefactor: Haynes Family of Programs
  • Michael Batti, Kellogg’s
    • Benefactor: Latino Health Access
  • Rex Richardson, Long Beach mayor
    • Benefactor: Books & Buckets
  • Valerie Amezcua, Santa Ana mayor
    • Benefactor: Girls Scouts of Orange County
  • Sister Johnellen Turner, St. Catherine’s Academy
    • Benefactor: St. Catherine’s Academy
  • Daniel Christian, Anheuser Busch
    • Benefactor: Folds of Honor

“We are so grateful to Northgate Gonzalez Markets for this honor and donation during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Diana Pinto from South Central LAMP, one of the benefactors.

“These funds will go a long way with our families, as we will be using the gift to purchase basic necessities – such as diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, etc. – all the everyday items that add up really quickly. For those we serve in South Central Los Angeles, this support goes a long way, as it means not having to choose between diapers, medicine or a doctor’s visit.”

About Northgate González Market

Founded in 1980, Northgate González Market is a family-owned and -operated Hispanic supermarket chain with 43 stores in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Northgate Market celebrates its cultural heritage by offering its customers fresh foods and personalized service.

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Northgate Gonzalez Market Reveals Juntos Award Honorees

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