Mano a Mano Riding on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach at St. Paul’s Cinco de Mayo Parade

Mano a Mano was happy to participate in the St. Paul Cinco de Mayo Parade last Saturday morning riding on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach! Special thanks to Wells Fargo employee Maricella Herrera and the Wells Fargo Latin Connection MN Chapter for arranging for Mano a Mano to participate in this event.


Mano a Mano volunteer Mark Petzoldt and Mano a Mano co-founder Segundo Velasquez on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, Saturday, May 6, 2017.


Left to right: Maricella Herrera, Lou Petzoldt, Mark Petzoldt, Segundo Velasquez

Mano a Mano Operations Manager Carmen Paredes Dockry, with her family, inside the Wells Fargo Stagecoach.

Mano a Mano Operations Manager Carmen Paredes Dockry, with her family, inside the Wells Fargo Stagecoach.

Stagecoach Announcement Script from the Cinco de Mayo Parade:

Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, here comes a living piece of the American history– the Wells Fargo Stagecoach – with Mike Miller handling the ribbons.

Before railroads crossed the nation, stagecoaches connected people and communities on the East Coast and across the West.

Stagecoaches traveled at an average of five miles per hour and stopped every 45 to 55 miles for meals.  The coaches could hold nine people, with nine more sitting on the roof. Each traveler was allowed only 25 pounds of baggage, hard to imagine in today’s world.

For over 160 years, Wells Fargo has helped diverse customers and communities succeed financially and get to where they needed to go.

This week, at the Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies for Diversity Awards gala, we learned that Wells Fargo made the Top 10 this year for the first time since we’ve been participating!  Wells Fargo ranked #9 on the Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies for overall commitment to diversity and inclusion.  This is a significant accomplishment for the company and the result of focused efforts from team members at all levels of the organization.

Today, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach rolls through St. Paul, MN for Cinco De Mayo parade

Thanks for Wells Fargo’s appearance go to Wells Fargo Latin Connection MN Chapter

Riding the Wells Fargo Stagecoach are Segundo Velasquez – Co-Founder of the St. Paul non-profit organization Mano a Mano and Mark Petzoldt a long-time volunteer, accompanied inside the stagecoach by staff member Carmen Paredes Dockry and her family.

Wells Fargo would like to recognize Mano a Mano for being a local Team Green Overachiever out of St. Paul MN, which collects medical supplies that would otherwise end up in our local Minnesotan landfills and distributes them to public health care programs in Bolivia. Mano a Mano serves hundreds of thousands of Bolivia’s rural poor through health, education, food production, and emergency airlift projects.

We also have a special appearance by Jack the loyal Guard Dog!

Lets give ‘em a Big Hand!