Chavez receives 2012 Unity Award

Chavez receives 2012 Unity Award

NEWTON, NC (May 2, 2012) – Javier Chavez was named as the recipient of Newton’s 2012 Unity Award. The prestigious award was presented at the City’s annual Unity Day Celebration on Saturday, April 28 at Southside Park.

Chavez, a native of Hidalgo, Mexico, moved to North Carolina in 1984. Years later, he opened the Hermanos Chavez convenience store in Newton in 1998. In 2009, he bought Plaza Latina on US Hwy. 321 Business, where he built two (2) soccer fields and a basketball court, along with numerous renovations in the various storefronts.


Mayor Anne P. Stedman expressed her appreciation to Chavez for his service to the community. “His businesses in Plaza Latina are thriving and providing necessary services and jobs for our community,” said Mayor Stedman. “He is very well known in the Hispanic community for his leadership and his willingness to help those in need. He has shown his generosity by donating to local schools and churches. It is my honor to present this year’s Unity Award to Mr. Chavez.”

Chavez has participated in Unity Day and numerous other functions and events throughout Newton. He is a member of the Newton Business Advisory Committee.

In addition to presentation of the Unity Award, the event featured a wide variety of live entertainment including the Newton-Conover Middle School Chorus, the Pandemic Steel Drum Band, Mariachi Mexico 2000, Rhythmic Essence Belly Dance, Clinton Tabernacle Mass Choir, Pa Hmab Tawg Sib Cab (a Hmong dance group), Word of Life Choir, and Carolina Renaissance Festival performers. The event also included a “parade of flags” representing the many nationalities of Newton citizens, multi-cultural food vendors, inflatables and other children’s activities, and door prizes.

The City of Newton expresses its appreciation to those who donated and/or volunteered to make this year’s Unity Day a success.

View photos on the City of Newton's Facebook page HERE.