This year, the Latin American Organization’s (LAO) annual Heritage Dinner will pay special tribute to the performing arts. Welcoming poet Mercedes Frias as host, the event will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
“We plan events that will promote cultural diversity and awareness in HWS and the Geneva community, which is very fulfilling,” says LAO President Lesly Rivero ’17. “For me, the Latin American Organization of Hobart and William Smith Colleges has served as a home away from home.”
Focusing on the performing arts, the event will feature two dance performances in collaboration with Professor of Dance and Coordinator of the Social Justice Studies Program Donna Davenport. Student performers include Genesis Gonzalez ’17, German Veras ’17, Ashley De Los Santos ’17, Teianna Chenokovich ’18, Brandi Taylor ’19 and Lester Gamez ’19. In addition to the dance production, La Banda Ramirez, a Latin band from New York City will perform.
The Heritage Dinner menu will consist of chicken (pollo guisado), roast pork (pernil), yellow rice, red beans, mixed greens salad, sweet plantains, sautéed fresh vegetables, eggplant rollitini and stuffed peppers. The dessert is a Latin American delicacy, tres leche cake.
Tickets are available in the Scandling Campus Center; prices are $5 for students and $7 for faculty, staff and community members.