Cinco De Mayo fundraiser to assist kids in need

Cinco De Mayo commemorates a heroic victory for the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Almost 150 years later, the day is celebrated in locations in Mexico and throughout the United States alike, and Papi’s Tex Mex Grill is no exception.

In it’s fifth year of existence, the Argyle restaurant on Hwy. 377 will hold it’s first annual Cinco De Mayo celebration benefiting the Community Civic League from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 2.

The celebration will feature the sounds of the Mariachi Rosas Divinas, along with face painting, raffles and a “Best Salsa” contest.

“We’ve never celebrated Cinco De Mayo at Papi’s, mostly because before we know it, it is already upon us,” owner Jane Gonzales said.

“This year, I became involved with the Community Civic League, and I love what they do in terms of getting clothes for kids. They do so much for the community, and we wanted to help out.”

Gonzales, who normally does not open her restaurant on Monday’s, is donating all of the proceeds raised on May 2 to the CCL of Argyle.

“Last year, the CCL bought two outfits a piece for 100 kids,” Gonzales said. “Every year, they add something new. This year, it just kind of came to me, because it was our fifth year, and it is Cinco De Mayo.”

Gonzales said, while she does not have a specific goal in mind in terms of how much she would like to raise for the CCL of Argyle, she said she would love to have 100 underprivileged students receive new clothes for the entire first week of school this coming fall.

Gonzales said the Salsa contest is going to feature five different kinds of Salsa, and said, while four entries have already been made, she is leaving a fifth spot open to the public to the first person that calls.

Customers of the restaurant will be the judges.

Contact Jane Gonzales at (940) 465-6475 to ask about the Salsa contest or for more information on the Cinco De Mayo festival.

CCL Fundraising Director Patti Fox said she is excited about the event and said it will give the CCL the chance to start early on their annual project.

“It is such a great opportunity for us,” Fox said. “It gives us a chance to work within the community and to kind of get a little bit of a head start for our back to school program.”

Fox said it means a lot to the CCL, as well, that Papi’s is willing to hold this fundraiser to benefit their organization.

“It’s such a huge help for us,” Fox said. “We work in the community throughout the year, but a big celebration like this to bring folks in who can help us out, ups it considerably for us and gives us that extra step.”

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