[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING AMELIA MORAN CEJA, RECIPIENT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM AWARD
HON. MIKE THOMPSON
in the house of representatives
Monday, July 10, 2017
Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Ms.
Amelia Ceja, whom I have selected to receive the American Dream Award
for California's 5th Congressional District. This award recognizes the
achievements of immigrants in my district who have made remarkable
contributions to our communities in the areas of Arts and Culture,
Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, or Community
Service. Ms. Ceja is very deserving of this award and recognition.
Ms. Ceja was born in Las Flores, Jalisco, an agricultural village in
Mexico, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. She is a
successful businessperson and an important member of our community.
Ms. Ceja moved with her family to the Napa Valley American
Viticulture Area in California as a child. Her parents worked for a
local vineyard management company, her father as a mechanic and her
mother as a farm worker. She met her husband, Pedro Ceja, while picking
grapes with their families. In 1983, the Ceja family came together to
purchase 15 acres and to plant their own grapes. The family later
founded Ceja Vineyards, Inc. in 1999. Today they own 113 producing
acres. Ms. Ceja is the first Mexican American woman to be the president
of a California winery. Her vineyard and winery are famous for their
quality grape harvests and production of premium Carneros wines.
Ms. Ceja cares deeply about the family business and employees. She is
dedicated to producing the highest quality of wine. The California
Legislature recognized her contributions to the community on March 15,
2005 by naming her “Woman of the Year.” Ms. Ceja's story is one of
sacrifice and determination. Stories like hers make America great.
Mr. Speaker, we recognize Ms. Amelia Moran Ceja for her achievements
and for enriching our community. It is fitting and proper that we honor
her here today with the American Dream Award.