So­ci­ety dance raises money for schol­ar­ship

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Zach Srnis zs­r­[email protected]­ingjour­ @MJ_ZachSr­nis on Twit­ter

The Mex­i­can Mu­tual So­ci­ety held a first Valen­tine’s Din­ner Dance Feb. 9 at the Rose­bud Party Cen­ter, 4493 Ober­lin Ave. in Lo­rain, to raise money for an an­nual schol­ar­ship. “The Mex­i­can Mu­tual So­ci­ety Schol­ar­ship is a pro­gram that gives fam­ily mem­bers of so­ci­ety mem­bers a schol­ar­ship for their fu­ture aca­demic en­deav­ors,” said Maria Arre­dondo, chair of the schol­ar­ship fund for the so­ci­ety. “The schol­ar­ship is given to fam­ily of mem­bers who are of Mex­i­can de­scent and are a se­nior in high school, in un­der­grad­u­ate school, grad­u­ate school, or seek­ing their PhD. The re­cip­i­ent must also have a 2.8 GPA.” Arre­dondo said the schol­ar­ship was started in 2000. “That was when the so­ci­ety wanted to of­fi­cially start the fund and pro­vide help for those look­ing to ex­tend their ed­u­ca­tion,” she said. “It’s a way for the so­ci­ety for give back and help the next gen­er­a­tion.” Arre­dondo said the Valen­tine’s-themed event was some­thing that spawned from the so­ci­ety’s 90th an­niver­sary. “We had a great turnout for the 90th back in Oc­to­ber,” she said. “Ev­ery­one had a good time, so we de­cided to do a sim­i­lar gath­er­ing around Valen­tine’s Day. There was gen­eral ad­mis­sion for $20, there is a raf­li­cious fle for prizes do­nated by lo­cal busi­ness, DJ Rey is play­ing some mu­sic and de­li­cious chicken marsala will be served with some other fa­vorites. It’s just an over­all fun night to help out with tu­ition costs.” Sa­muel Shan­non, 19, a Clearview grad­u­ate, re­ceived the schol­ar­ship last year. “I got the schol­ar­ship last April, and it was a big help,” he said. “Tu­ition can be very costly, so any­thing you can get helps.” Shan­non said he spent the first year of his col­lege ca­reer go­ing to Lo­rain County Community Col­lege. “I’m cur­rently study­ing to be­come a nurse,” he said. “I wanted to do some­thing to di­rectly help peo­ple. I’m thank­ful to the so­ci­ety for help­ing me reach my goal.”

ZACHARY SRNIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL Mem­bers of the Mex­i­can Mu­tual So­ci­ety gather at the Rose­bud Party Cen­ter.

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