LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —The Tippecanoe Latino Festival brought in more than $30,000 this year. 100% of the proceeds go back into the community.
The Latino Center for Wellness and Education hosts the event every year. The non-profit works to support local families while highlighting the Latino heritage through education events like the festival.
This year, the organization was able to provide four local high school seniors with scholarships for college.
Latino Center President Cassandra Salazar said this has been a successful event for nearly 20 years.
"Demographics are changing, it's important to recognize differences in our community and we just want to promote our culture, show everyone what Latinos are about and we want to just showcase, we want to bring resources to the community," said Salazar.
Salazar said it's a great experience for people of all backgrounds.
"I hope when people leave here today, a lot of their stereotypes are debunked about Latinos, they learn more about our culture, they see our incredible culture through performances of dance and singing and performances," said Salazar.
They've given s total of $6,000 dollars in scholarships this year. This is the only fundraising event the organization does for the year.