The Lorain County Community Foundation Hispanic Fund will host a fundraiser on October 2 in support of its Latinx Scholarship endowment fund.
It will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Antler’s, 300 Washington Ave. in Lorain.
The Latinx Scholarship Endowment supports college scholarships for young adults in the community looking to improve their skills.
Hispanic Fund board member Rebecca Rodriguez said they were trying to do something different, and this will be their first fundraiser in support of the endowment created on August 20.
By raising $ 5,000 that night, the council hopes to make a strong statement in support of Hispanic youth, Rodriguez said.
âBecause Lorain is very cultured and there is a large Hispanic community here, there are a lot of young adults entering college,â she said. “And they need this support system and the funds so that they can go to college and not have these financial worries while they are in graduate school.”
The fundraiser will include a wine and beer tasting with wine and beer from Costa Rica, Argentina and brewer Elyria Uplugged Brewery, in addition to appetizers and music by DJ Gozadera.
Board member Martin Leibas noted that the Hispanic Fund is trying to change minds and provide more opportunities for young people.
Leibas said families are not always aware of the opportunities available for their children, with many scholarships available through small organizations, recounting his own experience of attending college as an adult with support from the Coalition for Hispanic / Latino Issues and Progress.
âWe’re just trying to open a few doors; we are opening some minds to education, âhe said. âRegarding adults, or parents, because again when I was younger we weren’t supposed to go to college, I had to go to work.
âWe had a parent or family member who was in a Ford plant, or felt like we were going to work, we weren’t supposed to go to college. So we are trying to move beyond this label of workers, not thinkers. “
Rodriguez hopes the community will provide support to the Latin American community and those in need.
âAnd in any way we can grow, we are ready to open those doors to anyone who is willing to move forward and help us grow as well,â she said.
The timing is in line with the 100th anniversary of the presence of the Hispanic community in Lorain and in September for Hispanic Heritage Month.
âIt’s just a way to have a voice in the community,â said Leibas. âAs Latinos we usually don’t have a voice, but it’s a way to have a voice that shows people of color matter. “
Tickets cost $ 35 and can be purchased online at peoplewhocare.org, with each guest receiving 10 tastings.
The event will also have a number of raffle items available with the support of a number of local organizations and businesses.
Businesses can reserve a table for a contribution of $ 500 with each business featured throughout the night on the big screen.
Businesses can also choose a featured bottle of wine for their tables.