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Sister Cities International 60th Anniversary Celebrated in San Antonio

Sister Cities International 60th Anniversary Celebrated in San Antonio

 Local residents, business and civicorganizations, as well as students recognized for past, present and future international relations efforts on behalf of the city

SAN ANTONIO (June 15, 2016)–Last night, San Antonio helped Sister Cities International celebrate their 60th anniversary by honoring five individuals and business and civic organizations in the community that have been instrumental in contributing to San Antonio’s Sister Cities program, as well as a segment promoting youth engagement in citizen diplomacy through organizations such as Summer of Service, SAY Sí, San Antonio Education Partnership,and local high schools.

The following awards were presented:


  • Diplomatic Leadership Awardwas presented to former Mayor Phil Hardberger, whose award was accepted on his behalf by his daughter,AmyHardberger
  • Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Toyota Motors Manufacturing, Texas,Inc.
  • Sister Cities Impact Awardwas presented to Anuja SA
  • Sister Cities Longevity Awardwas presented to Bexar County Medical Society
  • Sister Cities Volunteer Awardwas presented to Dr. AlfonsoChiscano

“These individuals and groups have had a profound impact in ensuring that our international relationships flourish,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “Their recognition today embodies the spirit and impact of citizen diplomacy in San Antonio’s continuing international engagement.”

The event also featured remarks from Mary Kane, President and CEO of Sister Cities International and Tim Quigley, the organization’s incoming National Board Chair.

“Sister Cities ….. INSERT QUOTE FROM SCI regarding the importance of SCI to the nation and how impressed she is to see San Antonio’s efforts,” said Kane.

San Antonio Sister Cities programwas boosted in the last year by the election of District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg to the National Board for Sister Cities International. His efforts in securing sponsorships for this 60th Anniversary celebration have resulted in the support by NuStar Energy, Trinity University, Toyota Motors Manufacturing, Texas, Inc., Frost Bank, Security Service Credit Union, Rosemary’s Catering, the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department and Department for Culture and Creative Development (DCCD).

“I am happy to serve on Sister Cities International’s National Board and excited to see the future shaping up through our local youth, while at the same time recognizing the wonderful contributions by the deserving recipients today,”said Councilman Nirenberg.

A group of students from SAY Sí will be able to participate in the Annual National Youth Leadership Summit with funding through the DCCD Sister City Cultural Engagement fund. They will be joined at the Summit by high school students from across San Antonio travelling under the umbrella of local non-profit Summer of Service. In total, San Antonio will be represented at the national Summit by 16 students that will learn about the importance and potential of citizen participation and contributions from various local entities to international diplomatic efforts.


One San Antonio

Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. We are “Military City USA,” home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 31 million visitors annually who inject $13.4 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO recently designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit


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