The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

El Centro switches from gala to Amazing Race fundraiser

- Staff report Tickets cost $50 per fourperson team, $25 per couple and $15 for individual entrants. To register for the race, visit lorainelce­

El Centro de Servicios Sociales will celebrate success and breakthrou­ghs in 2021 with a first Amazing Race fundraiser Nov. 6, welcoming teams to compete against each other in Lorain County.

Individual teams of up to four participan­ts will spend a few hours traveling the county collecting clues.

The event will have a Zoom component where teams will sign in to receive clues, watch videos and receive messages from event sponsors.

“We are guaranteei­ng a fun event where sponsors will be highlighte­d throughout the race,” said El Centro Executive Director Victor Leandry.

While taking a departure from the traditiona­l inperson celebratio­n, El Centro has much to celebrate with the organizati­on working year round providing a deep catalogue of services including food pantries, financial literacy education classes, distributi­ng rental/ mortgage and utility bill assistance and a plethora of additional health care and other support services, Leandry said.

In a letter penned by Leandry, the organizati­on announced Sept. 16 that due to rising novel coronaviru­s cases, the planned in-person gala was cancelled.

With regret and disappoint­ment, he wrote, El Centro came to the difficult conclusion that cancelling the event was in the best interest of the community.

“This decision was made due to the latest data showing the alarming and disturbing increase of active COVID-19 cases in Lorain County as well as the state and nation,” Leandry wrote. “I must let all of you know that the decision to cancel the in-person gala was not an easy one, especially after the preparatio­ns in the last eight months.

“But ultimately, we understood and accepted that this was the right and ethical decision.”

The Amazing Race fundraiser takes place from 2-5 p.m., Nov. 6.

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