Puerto Rico was at the center of the second annual Windham County Latino Fest in Willimantic.
“Somebody came in with a thousand dollar check,” Victor Luna, the director of the Windham County Latino Fest, tells us.
Event organizers in collaboration with Willimantic Cares held a fundraiser to help the thousands of people in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Fiona.
“It means a lot to me. I still have a lot of people from over there that lost a lot of things and it’s so nice to hear how people are willing to help, especially in this time of the year when it always happens,” Jaimie Alars of Willimantic explained.
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Luna says all the proceeds will go toward a Puerto Rican relief fund.
“At the end of the day, a little bit there, a little bit here, it adds up,” said Luna.
Luna says over 1,500 people came out to the event, which celebrates all Latin X background and coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month..
“We try to do a little bit from Central America, South America, the Caribbeans, across the Americas,” continued Luna.
There was music and food from many different countries
“We mix it up. We call it multicultural. We have anywhere from Latin rock from South American. We also have Latin jazz. We also have Mexican folk music,” noted Luna.
The organizers say they have already set the date for next year’s event so mark your calendars. The third annual Latino Fest is scheduled for September 16 next year.