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ASPIRA honoring local supporters


September 12, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, local advocacy group ASPIRA plans to honor several organizations "for their unwavering support" of its educational and social efforts in the last two years or so.

"We want to demonstrate that the Hispanic community is here to stay, and we need to work together," said spokesman Orlando Rodriguez. "Our programming is really focused on the youth, but to put it on we have to find ways to generate revenue and … engage the community in order to have a better place to live for everybody."

The organization, which morphed out of Citizens for Latino Educational Excellence in late 2009, is the first Massachusetts branch of a multi-state non-profit aimed largely at improving educational and occupational opportunities for Latino youths and broadening awareness of Latino culture in the U.S.

Since then, Rodriguez noted, it has hosted two "Fiesta de Reyes" events aimed "mostly at the grassroots community, engaging the beneficiaries." The new awards reception and fundraiser — at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Southbridge Hotel — targets the business and political community.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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