Lake County Youth Mentor Program held its second annual Cinco de Mayo Taco Feed at the Elks Lodge in Lakeview on Monday, May 5.
The event featured numerous silent auctions and raffle items, as well as an abundance of authentic Mexican food and drinks, with proceeds generated going towards the Mentor Program and its many youth-oriented activities. The event raised approximately $4,200.
Many mentors in the program were on hand, volunteering their time to assist in food service or facilitation of the prizes offered. Mentors are asked to donate one hour of their time each week to the program, but according to Exec. Dir. Kathy Miles most of the mentors volunteer well beyond that amount. Miles took the time to acknowledge the staff and volunteers that help make the Lake County Youth Mentor Program such a success.
During the evening Bob Pardee acted as master of ceremonies, encouraging raffle ticket purchases and announcing winners with the help of several kids in the mentor program. Auction items included vacation packages, a hot air balloon ride, jewelry, cookware, hunts and more.
Kids raffles included several piñatas hung from the ceiling and games. Jose Herrera celebrated his sixth birthday at the event, and after the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” Miles pointed out the piñata Herrera would receive.
Ultimate hero sponsors for the event included CenturyLink, US Bank, Alamos Gold Inc. and Ousley Osterman and Huffstutter Funeral Chapter. Superhero sponsors were KORV radio, Desert Rose Funeral Chapel, Howard’s Drugs and Pacific Pine.