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Spring Dinners to raise vital funds for Latino Organizations such as SQACC

By La Prensa Staff

As everyone tries to return to some sense of normalcy following a year of preventive COVID-19 protocols, a pair of Latino nonprofit organizations are returning to in-person dinners to raise funds to continue their work to benefit others.


The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC), 1225 Broadway, will host its 14th annual Entre Amigos Friday evening, April 30, 2021. This year’s dinner is a “hybrid” event, with a choice by participants to dine in person starting at 6 p.m. or pick up dinners curbside 5 to 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are the same for either option: $25 single, $50 couple, or $80 for a family of four.


“Last year was strictly online using videos in a virtual format,” said Taylor Balderas Burciaga, SQACC executive director. “We just want to make sure people are comfortable either way as vaccines have been distributed. We’re seeing (art and cooking) classes with participants starting to grow and rental inquiries are starting to come in. So we know the community is starting to get antsy and wanting to do something in person. But there is still a population that would rather stay at home if they have the option. Either way, they get the exact same meal.”


Guests will enjoy a choice of, steak, shrimp or vegetarian fajitas with rice, black beans, Mexican corn salad, and a Spanish influenced Leche Frita for dessert.  Each guest will also enjoy painting a terra cotta flowerpot art kit to spruce up their windowsills and get a jump on that spring garden.

Guests who dine in will have the opportunity to participate in an art class with SQACC's art coordinator at the José Martínez Galería across the street. Those who choose curbside pickup will get to take the art kit with them to do at home. The art class mirrors the popularity of “wine and paint night” classes held elsewhere.

“Normally we have an outdoor art exhibition, but we have something more hands-on, so they’ll actually be participating in the art instead of viewing it,” said Ms. Burciaga. “If they pick up curbside, the art will be take home with all the pieces and instructions.”

There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes, an online silent auction, and an opportunity to shop at SQACC’S tiendita. Performers from the Toledo Opera will sing selections from a Spanish opera as pre-dinner entertainment. An in-person Toledo Opera event had to be canceled due to COVID.

Raffle tickets are $20 each. The top prize is an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, a champagne basket, and a gift certificate to Benchmark restaurant.


Entre Amigos is one of the SQACC’s two biggest fundraisers during the year to fund general operations, such as staff and the costs of keeping its buildings open.


“These are crucially important because we get funding for programming, but without staffing and other fixed costs, we can’t do programming,” explained Ms. Burciaga. “This is huge. We’ve had to let people go because of COVID. There’s been a decrease in hours we’re trying to bounce back from. This is really important just to make sure SQACC’s doors stay open.”


Dinner tickets can be ordered by visiting the nonprofit’s website www.sqacc.org.


The Spanish American Organization (SAO) also is hosting its spring dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, May 19, to raise funding for scholarships to be awarded this summer. Hola Primavera! will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Frontera Sabores de Mexico, 5375 Airport Highway in South Toledo.


The cost is $25 for a chicken or beef fajita dinner. There are two options available because of the pandemic. Patrons are invited to eat in-person, as long as they wear a mask and practice social distancing. However, takeout orders also can be filled.


There will be a silent auction and 50-50 raffles during the event. Presale tickets are available by emailing spanishamericanorg@gmail.com. 50-50 raffle tickets are available through SAO officers Carmen Barbosa, Mary Morales, Diana Martinez and Phil Barbosa.




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