Three San Benito residents honored with Walk of Fame induction

Charlie and Bertha Wilson are seen accepting their induction into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on February 27. (Photo by Joe H. Hernandez)

Charlie and Bertha Wilson are seen accepting their induction into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on February 27. (Photo by Joe H. Hernandez)

By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ
Staff Writer
reporter@sbnewspaper.com

Dulce Madrigal was recently honored with her induction into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame, an annual honor bestowed upon individuals nominated for as much. (Courtesy photo)

Dulce Madrigal was recently honored with her induction into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame, an annual honor bestowed upon individuals nominated for as much. (Courtesy photo)

Three of San Benito’s own have been inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame following years of service to the community.

Dulce Madrigal and Charlie and Bertha Wilson were inducted Wednesday, February 27, at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. While the inductees have long served the community in various aspects, they felt humbled when asked about receiving such recognition.

“It was nice,” Charlie said Thursday. “We felt honored to be chosen for that. We are honored, and we didn’t expect it.”

“I was pleased and surprised, really,” Bertha Wilson said. “I thought it was quite an honor. We had our family there which I thought was quite nice. The mayor and his wife were there. It was a lot of people, I never expected so many people.”

The RGV Walk of Fame is celebrated annually in conjunction with Borderfest. Every year, each city in the Valley nominates an individual (or individuals) to be inducted. The inductees have their names paved on the RGV Walk of Fame with a formal ceremony during Borderfest.

Charlie and Bertha Wilson’s induction comes after many years of working for the community, and they still continue to contribute through various organizations. Bertha is, of course, still heavily involved with the San Benito Chamber of Commerce Pride Committee which recognizes businesses and homes for well-maintained property.

Charlie retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on November 1, 1972, after serving 26 years, 6 months, and 19 days, at which point he and Bertha purchased and operated Wilsons Skate Center, a roller rink that became a staple in the lives of many San Benito youth. Charlie Wilson soon joined the Rotary Club of San Benito while Bertha joined the San Benito Chamber of Commerce.

“Charlie served in many boards within the city, like the Veterans Advisory Board,” said San Benito Mayor Joe H. Hernandez, who nominated the Wilsons for the honor. “He served in the Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife were very active in the Chamber of Commerce. His wife goes out and places the signs with the Pride Home and Business of the Month. That’s a lot of work that people really look forward to.”

“That’s an honor that was given to them that is very well deserved,” Hernandez continued. “They did a lot of shaping for San Benito, as far as working for the city without any pay to make it a better place. I’m really happy for them. They contribute so much to the community. These people have gone above and beyond. I’m extremely happy for them. It came a little late, but better late than never.”

Dulce Madrigal of Madrigal Insurance expressed shock in learning that she, too, had been named to the RGV Walk of Fame. “I was excited,” Madrigal said on Friday. “I didn’t expect it. To be chosen for the Walk of Fame was an honor.”

Madrigal was nominated by Norma Boland, Vice President of First Community Bank in San Benito and herself an active community member. Boland said that when she contemplated a nominee, Madrigal was the only name that came to mind.

“She is very worthy,” Boland said of Madrigal. “She’s a pillar of the community. She’s been involved in so many different organizations. She’s given up her time selflessly. She’s like the energizer bunny, she just keeps going.”

Madrigal has been a member of the Catholic Daughters of America since 1980 as well as a member of the citizens committee that organized ResacaFest since 2009. She has also served on the Resaca City Civic Club/Special Events Board since 1999 and the International Good Neighbor Council, in which she is currently Vice President, since 1980.

“She still volunteers, it’s not easy work,” Boland said. “I’m impressed that she has stayed so active in the community. I admire her. She did such a great job raising her children. It was a great feeling when she was inducted. It was very rewarding. I was really happy for her. It is very well deserved. There aren’t a lot of awards for people who volunteer.”

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