Valencia to hold fundraiser to help hurricane-displaced students

Hurricane Irma devastated the Virgin Islands, shown above, and Puerto Rico, in 2017. Valencia College will be hosting a fundraiser to raise scholarship funds for students still affected by the storm.

On Nov. 29, Valencia College will be hosting a fundraiser to raise scholarship funds for students from Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands still affected by the 2017 hurricane season.

“We want to provide to students that need help learning the language, a credential, or continuing education. The impact of these tragedies is for years to come. We want the community to participate and work together to support these individuals through education,” said Lisandra Suarez Lopez, organizer of “Pasitos a Valencia” 2018 event.

The event will take place at the Osceola County campus in Kissimmee on Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Musical group “Los Pleneros de la Central” and Valencia’s salsa club, Latin Fire, will perform. Food trucks, including Baby Taino’s and APPs, will be selling food by the campus clock tower.

Primary event sponsors include, The Hebra Group and Osceola County government.

Admission is free. However, the Valencia Foundation is asking for a donation of $5.

 “Every little bit helps,” said Anitza San Miguel, who is organizing the event alongside Ms. Lopez.

RSVP is recommended at https://tiny.cc/pasitosvalencia2018.

Donations are accepted online through Valencia College’s website http://www.valencia.org/donate.

For more information on the fundraiser and ways to help, contact Lisandra Suarez Lopez at 407-701-2624.