(L-R): Fullerton City Council Member Jesus Silva; Chris Barnhill, President of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center Board of Trustees; California State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva; Muckenthaler Cultural Center CEO Farrell Hirsch; and Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee.

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) has secured a total of $25,000 in funding for the repair and restoration of the Muckenthaler irrigation system from the 2018-19 State Budget. This funding will allow the iconic cultural center to completely renovate their irrigation system, and enhance the pristine natural landscape of its grounds for North Orange County’s residents, their neighbors and guests for many years to come. This funding allocation is part of varied and continuous efforts from Quirk-Silva to bring state money back into Orange County.

“I, for one, am excited that we have new resources to move forward on this project, and I am happy to contribute to enhancing the landscape of this community jewel,” said Quirk-Silva. “The Muckenthaler has a place in the hearts of so many. They have helped to create memories for future generations of families in our Orange County neighborhoods.”

“Special thanks goes to our City government for recognizing the value The Muck brings to the community, and a giant thank you goes to our State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva who was able to secure $25,000 of State funds for this project,” said Farrell Hirsch, CEO Muckenthaler Cultural Center. “Mrs. Quirk-Silva called The Muck ‘a community jewel.’ We, in turn, want the Assemblywoman to know that she has been a precious gem to us in this endeavor.”

On Friday, Aug. 3, Quirk-Silva presented a check to the Muckenthaler at the Taste of Mexico fundraiser event. Quirk-Silva, Hirsch, The Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce were all in attendance of the event.

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