HOLA Lakeway is hosting a ‘Pachanga’ fundraiser on Dec. 15 to help benefit the organization.
The La Pachanga, meaning party in Spanish, will be held at 1907 Brewing Company from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The party will feature live performances from Candela Knox, salsa jazz and Latin Tapas.
Individual tickets cost $50 per person and includes one drink and food for the night.
Tickets are available to purchase online through HOLA Lakeway’s website, and at its office on South Cumberland Street.
HOLA Lakeway is a community-based organization with the goal of meeting needs and improving the overall quality of life for the immigrant population in East Tennessee’s Lakeway region.
Its mission is to facilitate the integration of immigrant families into the fabric of the Lakeway community through educational initiatives and advocacy.
The organization envisions a world where all immigrants are empowered. It stands in solidarity with efforts that strive to make East Tennessee a more inclusive region for everyone.
HOLA Lakeway has many different initiatives and programs in place to help connect immigrant families to resources that they need while also celebrating diversity in the community.
The organization hosts four levels of ELL classes, ranging from beginner to advanced courses.
Through these classes, it hopes to give a confident voice to those who often struggle with communicating their needs in a new language.
More than 30% of Lakeway area residents are Latino. By offering Spanish classes, the organization hopes to build a bridge between the different communities in the area, ultimately promoting unity.
The organization has implemented the Laundromat Libraries initiative as a way to promote literacy among immigrants in the area.
Small bilingual libraries have been created in two laundromats so that customers can practice developing literacy skills while they wait for their laundry to be done.
The Entre Amigas Women’s Group provides Latina women with the opportunity to learn about, discuss and seek advice on important topics such as stress, relationships and health.
Its International Food Festival is a day-long annual event hosted by HOLA Lakeway where members of the immigrant community are invited to share their customs and traditions, from food to song and dance.
Betsy Jimenez-Hurst, HOLA Lakeway’s executive director, hopes the community continues to support HOLA Lakeway.
“We hope that you will continue to support our efforts to offer the services that our families need,” she said. “By supporting HOLA Lakeway, you help families become socioeconomically sound and become more invested in the community of the Lakeway Area.
“Our mission and services bring unique and vital additions to the community of the Lakeway Area.”
Jimenez-Hurst encourages the community to come out and enjoy the event and support HOLA Lakeway.
“I so hope that the community will decide to attend and show their support for us,” she said. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the Pachanga.”
For more information about the fundraiser please call 423-621-9065 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.