First Annual Merced Mayor’s Ball

Right-Left: Mayor Matt Serratto, Annissa Fragoso president of the Merced Hispanic Chamber and parents of Mayor Serratto at the Mayor's Ball 2022. The event was hosted by Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on August 26, in Merced CA.

CVV News: Posted- September 9, 2022

The Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted a Mayor’s Ball charitable event on August 26, 2022 with Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto. The event was held at Ravello’s event center’s ballroom. The charity event was collaborated for the efforts to help D St. Shelter in Merced and American Legion Post 83 in addition to helping other non-profits. The success of the event has been attributed to Silver Sponsors Manzanita209, McDaniel Construction Services, Bronze Sponsors Farmers Insurance Annissa Fragoso, Coldwell Banker Commercial Gonella Realty, MID, Fruta Loca, Amtrak San Joaquin, Advanced Airlines, Assemblymember Adam Gray, and UC Merced. The community came together to honor the work Mayor Serratto’s accomplishments, but most importantly to help fundraise money. The MCHCC and a committee of local community leaders successfully fundraised a total of $30,381.24, through silent auctions, dessert auctions and community sponsors!

Mission Statement
The mission of the MCHCC is the promote Hispanic-owned small businesses and to further the economic development of ALL Merced County businesses through advocacy, networking, marketing, educational or training opportunities and by creating valuable partnerships within our community.

Presentation of monies
Thursday September 14th at 9 a.m. we will be presenting checks to D Street Shelter, and American Legion Post 83 at 531 W Main St., Merced CA outside in front of the MCHCC building. Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto, and President Annissa Fragoso will be in attendance to present to the Director of Housing Luke Brown of D Street Shelter and Curtis Hamill Commander of the American Legion Post 83 and Jesse Haro from Haro’s Gym (nonprofit).

Local artists Cherly Lockett, right, with Michelle Allison, left. Lockett performed lived music at the event.

Cycling Supporters Unite For ‘Ride With The Mayor’

By John Miller: Posted June 3, 2022

Local bike riders from across Merced made their way to Main Street last Saturday morning for the annual Ride with the Mayor bicycle ride. Held for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family-friendly event is organized by the Merced Bicycle Coalition to bring riders of all ages and skill levels together for Bike Month.

The leisurely ride kicked off in Bob Hart Square at a.m. with Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto heading down Main Street with a large group of resident riders. The event route took riders along miles of Merced’s bike lanes and paths, through parks and neighborhoods. Residents also were able to speak with Mayor Serratto throughout the ride.

Riders looped around M Street to the Bear Creek Bike Path, and then to Parsons Avenue and Rahilly Park where they regrouped and rehydrated thanks to refreshments handed out by the Merced Breakfast Lions Club. They continued on their way along the Black Rascal Bike Path to G Street to finish out the event.

SOURCEJohn Miller
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