Thursday, December 08, 2022

President of the Foundation and the Leonese Immigration Museum has died in Vegaquemada at the age of 97

Cesario González, president and founder of the Cepa Foundation and the Leonese Immigration Museum, died today at the age of 97 in his homeland, the Leoni municipality of Vegaquemada, the institution he headed. Veteran businessman moved to Mexico in 1950s And there he developed a successful professional career at Grupo Modelo, one of the most important breweries in the world, which he complemented with works in the philanthropic sector.

He launched it together with his brothers Luis and Pablo Nursing Home Our Lady of the Ascension and the rural tourism center Las Cabanas, in his native Vegaquemada. At the age of 92, he also launched his latest business project, BioVegamasa, a pellet company based in the region that aims to promote jobs and opportunities for his neighbors.

In 2013, the family created the Cepa González Diaz Foundation, which launched the Leonese Immigration Museum five years later. “The philanthropy is pure faith in this great family of Vegaquemada”She has always carried Leon in her heart and in her plans, regardless of distance, from generation to generation, and today she is left a little more orphaned with Cesario’s departure,” the same sources said.

On top of the Cepa Foundation, González León was able to collaborate with the rehabilitation of the cathedral’s central rose window, the acquisition of CAT scans for the City Hospital, or funding of projects by dozens of social institutions. His “prudent and quiet” work also included building and equipping social centers.Hiring of buses for relocation of people with disabilities, opening of medical rooms and soup kitchens or delivery of educational scholarships in the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2018 he was able to open the doors of the Leonese Immigration Museum located in the Casona de los Perez. This place is a song of roots, nostalgia and the value of effort and work, where visitors take an emotional journey through the life histories of the Leonians who, like them, abandoned their land but never forgot their origins. In June last year, González received a gold medal from the city of Leon for his “extraordinary merits” in the field of philanthropic activity.

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