Puerto Rico was the focus of the second annual Windham County Latino Festival in Willimantic.
“Someone came with a check for a thousand dollars,” Windham County Latino Fest manager Victor Luna tells us.
Event organizers in conjunction with Willimantic Cares held a fundraiser to help the thousands of people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Fiona.
“It means a lot to me. I still have a lot of people from there who have lost a lot and it’s so nice to hear how people are willing to help, especially at this time of year when it always happens,” explained Jaimie Alars of Willimantic.
Luna says all proceeds will go to a Puerto Rican relief fund.
“At the end of the day, a little there, a little here, it adds up,” Luna said.
Luna says more than 1,500 people came to the event, which celebrates all Latin X backgrounds and coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month.
“We try to do a bit of Central America, South America, the Caribbean, across the Americas,” Luna continued.
There was music and food from many different countries
“We mix. We call it multicultural. We have anywhere from Latin rock to South American. We also have Latin jazz. We also have Mexican folk music,” noted Luna.
Organizers say they’ve 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.