17 Jun Mission DG Donates Fiesta Medals
The fiesta medals are in! Each year Mission DG Partners Mark Tolley and Victor Miramontes fund the creation of custom Fiesta Medals for Mission San Juan and Las Misiones. This will be the 4th time this dynamic duo will have donated $2,500 to this fundraiser for the two Missions.
The team has designed a Fiesta Medal for each of the active Missions and one Unity Medal that brings them all together.
Fiesta medals are an integral part of Fiesta, which is San Antonio’s largest and longest running annual celebration. Fiesta has taken place every year since 1890, except for 1918 during World War I, between 1942 through 1945, and last year, 2020, to keep people safe from the pandemic.
According to FiestaMedal.net, the tradition of began in 1946 when the reigning King Antonio distributed coins to the local children. Coin-tossing became a tradition and children decorated their coin-purses and tied them around their necks during the march. When Charles G. Orsinger was King Antonio, he collected coins from the children and punched holes in the middle. This led to the creation of the Fiesta medal!
Nowadays, a Fiesta Medal is an emblem or figure attached to colorful ribbons. Fiesta Medals are designed and created by local companies, and typically businesses in the area have them made for customers as gifts, or for sale, or as a donation to a charity.
“We love sponsoring the Fiesta Medals for the Mission San Juan and Las Misiones. It’s a fun and easy way for Mission DG to give back to the community,” says Mark Tolley, Partner Mission DG.