A night of Mexican fun for a good cause

By Samantha Garcia-Bracho

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Good deeds and fun come together for a night of loteria and elote en vaso, which translates to Mexican bingo and street corn. All funds raised at this event will go towards Almost Home, a shelter for people in need, as they are in urgent need of laundry coins to wash their clothes. This event will be hosted by LULAC Council #380 on Thursday, November 21st.

Rodrigo Espino, a third-year student, introduced the idea of having a college chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at Loras College to make people on campus aware of the civil rights and traditions of the Latinx community. Espino, who is also an intern for Almost Home, took this approach to provide a service component to the community of Dubuque. “Eloteria is a great opportunity to have the community come together and also to raise awareness about the homeless population in Dubuque,” said Espino.

LULAC #380 have been addressing a multitude of issues regarding immigration, educational attainment, political influence, and host events that celebrate the Latin American culture on campus. They are appreciative of being able to do so at Loras and it was time to give back to their neighbors. “There are many organizations in Dubuque that work to help Almost Home get the resources they need, but it is difficult to find places to do laundry,” said Espino. “LULAC and Almost Home partnered up to help raise funds to help these people out,” he added.

The attendees will pay the small fee of $4 per card and $2 per student, and the winners will leave with prizes on their hands. Loras Faculty, Staff, and Students, are encouraged to join. Espino is hoping to have a great attendance to “learn about a culture but also help those in need.” The members of LULAC #380 are challenged to plan more fundraisers in the near future but this time, there is no better way to spend a Thursday night than playing Mexican Bingo and eating Street Corn, all for a good cause!

For further information about Loras College LULAC, follow @LorasCollegeLULAC on Facebook, and @LulacLoras on Twitter and Instagram.

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