Nancy Rogers, aka Momma Nance, is known as a person who shows up and gets things done. The former Jersey girl has volunteered for four decades in Miami Lakes.
Rogers, 75, chairs the town’s Public Safety Committee, is a member of the Elderly Affairs Committee and checks in marchers for the Veterans Committee on the day of the parade, among other good deeds.
“Every single time we need someone to call or just to hug, that individual is always there,” Mayor Manny Cid said on July 11 before presenting Rogers with the Key to the Town.
The memento is rarely given and is considered a high honor.
“I want to thank everyone in this town for treating me the way they do,” Rogers said.
The presentation before the council meeting began was very well attended with family and friends. Several of them complimented her.
“We started serving together on the Elderly
Affairs Committee,” Councilman Luis Collazo said via Zoom. “I have known you to serve with a servant’s heart.”
Realtor Juan Carlos Fernandez, who serves on the Planning and Zoning Board, mentioned Rogers’ homemade brownies and cookies, and described how she is a family friend.
“Nancy you have a heart of gold,” said Lynn Matos, also a Realtor and vice chair of the Planning and Zoning Board who described how she and Rogers delivered water to elders during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Others spoke about her selflessness.
“Thank you for all the work and time you give back to this community,” said Daylin Garcia, Education Advisory Board member said. “You never ask for anything back.”
Garcia spoke about how during COVID, Rogers helped fill bags for elders that contained gloves, masks and hand sanitizer.
Shown above, from left: Miami-Dade Police Officer Maj. Jose Gonzalez; Youth Activities Task Force Vice Chair Maurits Acosta and member of the Education Advisory Board; city of Hialeah Parks and Recreation Director William Sanchez; Education Advisory Board Chair Hector Abad; Public Safety Committee Vice Chair Brandon Diaz; Public Safety Committee Secretary Omar Gonzalez; Planning and Zoning Board Member Juan Carlos Fernandez; Education Advisory Board Vice Chair Mario O. Pinera Jr.; Planning and Zoning Board Member Fred Senra; Ret. Miami-Dade Police Officer Juan Rodriguez; son Thomas Rogers Jr.; daughter-in-law Ali Rogers; grandson Tommy Rogers III; Nancy Rogers; Pedro Fiallo, member of the Elderly Affairs and Veterans Committees; former Vice Mayor Jeffrey Rodriguez and son Alec Rodriguez; Planning and Zoning Board Vice Chair Lynn Matos; Jason Guardarrama; Education Advisory Board member Daylin Garcia; Christina Gonzalez; Bonnie Cintron and Youth Activities Task Force Chair Brian Rodriguez. Back row from left: Councilman Ray Garcia; Mayor Manny Cid and Council members Marilyn Ruano, Tony Fernandez and Josh Dieguez. Photo by Alexandra Herrera.