Summer Salsa II Was A Success!!
The success of Summer Salsa II and other recent fundraising allows PCIS to help many immigrants with their legal defense and their family's basic needs.
Thank you to everyone who participated and to the fundraising committee, sponsors, organizations, artists, auction donors and the many volunteers who worked so hard to make the Summer Salsa a huge success!! We raised $14,500!!! Of this, $600 was specifically raised to purchase grocery store gift certificates for families we support. Over 130 people attended, and we outgrew our venue!
This year’s event centered the voices of Latinx immigrants impacted by ICE. Long-term Ocean Beach School District migrant education coordinator (and PCIS Board member) Mario Rodriguez spoke his truth of being detained by ICE and now faces a years-long court battle to win his asylum claim.
Another powerful voice was Cesar Silva and his partner Malorie. Malorie spoke of the difficulties her family is facing and Cesar spoke via live feed from Northwest Detention Center – He received a standing ovation expressing “We Stand with You Cesar” as the call ended.
Kendra Williams-Reyes of Ocean Park, WA spoke bravely about the impact ICE has had on her family. Her husband Alfredo was detained January 2018 and is now out on bond, waiting for the likely years-long court process. She thanked everyone for their support during this traumatic time for their family.
Afterwards, Malorie wrote:
“Yes, thank you for having us!! It was hard for me to get up there and talk, but I feel like it made it that much more real. I’m glad Cesar was able to join us, I pray that next year it will be in person. PCIS has been life changing for us, we thank you all so much.”
UPDATE: Cesar Silva’s legal defense fund need of $7,500 has been met! Pacific County Immigrant Support, along with several generous Grays Harbor residents, provided the balance that was needed. Cesar’s original Go Fund Me legal defense fund and new GFM sites are not needed at this time. PCIS thanks everyone who donated to Cesar’s legal defense fund. Cesar will go to his July asylum hearing knowing that he is supported by so many wonderful people in our community. He and his family are grateful and send many thanks.
We wish to personally thank The Shelburne Hotel for sponsoring the venue. They worked tirelessly to accommodate our needs. Please consider one of their fine establishments in the future.