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Don’t miss SQACC’s Sept. 30th fundraiser for Nana’s Kitchen

By Federico Martínez, Special to La Prensa

Toledo’s Beirut Restaurant is cooking up a special fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 to help the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center raise funds to construct a new building that will be used to provide various community programs, including how to cook healthier meals, can fruits and vegetables, and other health and nutrition-related classes. The Lebanese restaurant is located at 4082 Monroe Street.

Tickets for the event, which is being held at one of Toledo’s premiere restaurants, are $120 per person and can be purchased at SQACC’s administrative offices, 522 Crittenden Avenue, during regular business hours.

Proceeds will be used to build the new facility directly behind SQACC, which is located at 1225 Broadway Street, said María Rodríguez-Winter, the Center’s interim executive director.

The facility will be named Nana’s Kitchen.

“Nana’s Kitchen will be used as a teaching facility for the community,” said Mrs. Rodríguez-Winter. “We’ll be taking produce from the center’s own gardens to teach young people how to cook healthy year-around.

“We want to teach families with children how to develop better eating habits, how to select healthier food and how to save money while doing it. Latinos are twice as likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes and other health problems.”

ProMedica has offered to provide $34,000 for the project, provided that SQACC is also able to raise $50,000 to fund the effort. The Center has currently raised $45,000 thanks to a $10,000 donation from The Andersons store and another $35,000 from the Barbara Winter Trust Fund.

The name of the facility is being named Nana’s Kitchen because that was the nick-name for the mother of Barbara Winter.

According to SQACC’s flyer, in addition to enjoying a great meal provided by one of Toledo’s premier restaurants, $3,000 in cash prizes will also be awarded during the event, said Mrs. Rodríguez-Winter (cash prizes are contingent upon the sale of 80 tickets).

SQACC officials hope to begin ground-breaking on the new facility in November and the goal is to have Nana’s Kitchen operating by summer 2015.

¿Preguntas? Call 419-241-1655.

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