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SEASON’S EATINGS: LULAC Christmas dinner fundraiser to help reward graduating teens

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OKLAHOMA CITY — With a mission to “advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States,” LULAC—the League of United Latin American Citizens—is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States with more than 900 councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.

One such group is the South Oklahoma City Youth Council, a group of teens dedicated to, according to advisor Viviana Garcia, focusing on “improving their communities with an emphasis on volunteering whenever they can.”

“We help kids find value in their heritage and their history,” Garcia said. “We help them and guide them to become better leaders in their community and achieving greatness wherever they can, whether that means going to college and getting a degree or just by getting involved and inspiring others to be involved as well.”

Garcia believes that by helping teens learn to bond with their community at a young age that everyone from all walks of life can “achieve greatness together.” She added that by exposing not only who they are, but by spreading a message of love and value, it helps to create a sense of cohesiveness that will enable people to come together “when the need arises.”

The South Oklahoma City LULAC Youth Council will hold a special Christmas Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, December 16th at 2831 N. Oklahoma Ave. starting at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $20 for a family of five.

“This upcoming dinner will help fund various graduation events for our seniors,” Garcia said. “We have a lot of seniors in this group and we want to host a banquet for them as well as give them a graduation gift to put on their cap and gown so they not only remember their time with LULAC but to also commemorate all of the work they’ve done within the council.”

In addition to the homemade meal cooked by members of the council, there will also be games and prizes, most notably an evening of loteria, with prizes donated from some of the biggest merchants and organizations in the city.

“A lot of the kids I work with come from rather poor parts of Oklahoma City,” Garcia added. “By supporting LULAC you not only help them achieve scholastic recognition and college scholarships but are also helping to give them a sense that people do care and want to see them succeed. It’s a feeling that will fuel a drive and motivation for them, to see deep within themselves that they are worth so much more than what some in society has told them they are.”

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