Hispanic Heritage Festival to feature fun, food, $50,000 in scholarships | From the Bradenton Herald


A dancer from the Sarasota School of Arts and Science participates in the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival in 2013. HERALD FILE PHOTO ttompkins@bradenton.com

BRADENTON — The 16th annual Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Manatee Technical College, 6305 State Road 70 East, 1 mile west of Interstate 75, exit 217B.

The free-admission festival will feature live music and dance performances, food for sale from many countries, activities for families and free health screenings for all ages.

At 5 p.m., Tropicana officials will present a $50,000 check to the MTC Foundation and announce the names of farmworker students selected to receive scholarships for career education.

Festival hosts include the Farmworker Career Development Program and the School District of Manatee County.

Sponsors include Tropicana, Publix, Revista Variedades, Classie Growers, Falkner Farms, MCR Health Services, Sie7e Dias, Unidos Now, Radio Unidos 101.1 LPFM, and Manatee Schools Television.

The PepsiCo Foundation selected the Farmworker Career Development Program at MTC to receive the $50,000 grant to award scholarships to farmworkers to obtain career education. PepsiCo employees from Tropicana plants across the United States chose the MTC Farmworker Program to receive the “50 for 50 Community Give Back” grant in celebration of PepsiCo’s 50th Anniversary.

The MTC Farmworker Career Development Program is also celebrating 50 years of serving Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The festival will celebrate the anniversary, cultural diversity in our community and Hispanic heritage. Tropicana employees have been long-time supporters of the Farmworker Program, which provides educational and supportive services to chronically unemployed and underemployed farmworkers to obtain the career-related education needed to prepare them to enter or advance in the work force and achieve economic stability.

Information: Contact Esperanza Gamboa at gamboae@manateeschools.net or call 941-751-7900, ext. 1045.

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