From the Fontana Days Run to the Festival of Winter, the City of Fontana's special citywide events bring thousands of residents together for a time of family fun.
These events are successful due to the talented and passionate team behind the scenes, and leading that team is Bianca Morales.
As the special events coordinator for the past 11 years, Morales is responsible for organizing events including the Summer Concert Series and Fourth of July Celebration, along with all special event applications and co-sponsorships.
Morales applied to the event-planning position with the Community Services Department after a friend informed her that the city was hiring. That, as they say, was a match made in heaven. Ever since joining the team, Morales has loved the ability to always be creative to provide the community with memorable events.
“I can definitely say that one thing that really makes me proud is sharing my passion for special events with my staff and watching them grow to love it just as much,” she said.
Her typical workday can vary, depending on the time of year. Oftentimes she is working at her desk, going through contracts, invoices or logistics requests. However, she is always up to the task of a special event setup and enjoys “being able to watch the magic come to life.”
"What she does to put on all the events in the city is unbelievable," said a coworker. "Bianca makes sure that all these events go on without any problems and deals with the public and their concerns."
Most coworkers would be surprised to know that she was studying film production at Cal State Los Angeles prior to her working in recreation. The best advice that she has gotten is that “you never know unless you try and ask.”
As a leader in her department, she is always open to offering advice to new employees who join the Fontana team.
Outside of work, Morales enjoys spending time with her two daughters, who manage to always keep her on her toes. You can also find her at the beach, shopping at her favorite store, or spending time with her family. She has been looking forward to this month, in which she will be celebrating her seventh wedding anniversary.
Morales loves working for the City of Fontana, but her ultimate goal in her life would be to run her very own special events company.
She was named the City of Fontana's Employee Spotlight recipient for the month of August.
For more information about the Special Events Department, visit the Community Services event page at www.fontana.org.