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May 6, 2014

Literacy Council celebrates Cinco de Mayo with fundraising luncheon

DUNCAN — A celebration of culture helped provide more insight into a local charity.

Duncan Area Literacy Council celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a luncheon as a way to recognize the heritage of some of its ESL members, while drawing attention to the council’s cause. The luncheon, held at First United Methodist Church, was a fundraiser for the Literacy Council. The council also gets some funding through the United Way of Stephens County as an agency.

“We were really happy,” Nancy Litsch, council director, said. “We want to do that annually.”

In all, about 250 tickets were sold to the event. Members of the ESL class worked the take-out area, loading cartons with taco salads made from chips, ground beef and various other add-ons.

Members of the class also made the table decorations, which included paper flowers. Each table also featured a child’s book to remind people of the cause behind the luncheon.

Litsch said she was happy with the event turnout and was glad to see everything come together smoothly.

“We’re thrilled to death,” Litsch said.

Entertainment for the event was provided by the Duncan High School Jazz Band. Members of the Duncan High Leadership Council helped the event by busing tables.

The band students performed song with Latino flare and some pop influenced. Among the pop songs performed were Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Adele’s “Skyfall,” from the James Bond film of the same name. The latter song featured a vocal performance by Sonia Diaz, who was this year’s winner of Duncan Little Theatre’s We’ve Got Talent talent show.

Litsch said she was impressed by the range of the jazz band, recognizing the performance as one of the biggest draws of the event, outside the food itself.

“The highlight was the Duncan High School Jazz Band,” Litsch said.

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