LULAC, consulate to hold fundraiser
SAN LUIS, Ariz. — The League of United Latin American Citizens and the Mexican Consulate in Yuma are joining together to stage an event next month to raise money for college scholarships and at the same time expose residents to the arts.
The event is the Lunas de Octubre (Moon of October) cultural festival, billed by its organizers as a “bohemian night” featuring poetry readings, painting exhibits and musical and theater performances.
It is slated for 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center in San Luis, 1015 N. Main St.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go into the fund from which San Luis-based LULAC Chapter 1091 has paid out scholarships to south county students over the past decade.
The event will be combined with Encuentro de Poetas Migrantes, an annual event organized by the consulate in the Yuma area to showcase the works of poets in Yuma County and Mexico.
The merger serves to diversify what has traditionally been an poetry event, said Manuel Cuen, spokesman for the consulate.
Poets slated to take part in the festival include Francisco X. Alarcon, who currently directs the Spanish for Native Speakers Program at the University of California, Davis; Juan Banuelos of Mexico and Logan Phillips of Tucson. Actor Roy Dorantes is scheduled to present a monologue on Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070.
Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased from LULAC members by calling 550-8712 or 341-5735.
The scholarship fund provides college money for promising high school seniors from Somerton, San Luis and elsewhere in the south county.