The Mexican Mutual Society held a first Valentine’s Dinner Dance Feb. 9 at the Rosebud Party Center, 4493 Oberlin Ave. in Lorain, to raise money for an annual scholarship.
“The Mexican Mutual Society Scholarship is a software that gives family members of society members a scholarship for their future academic endeavors,” said Maria Arredondo, chair of the scholarship fund for the society. “The scholarship is given to family of members who are of Mexican descent and are a senior in high school, in undergraduate school, graduate school, or seeking their PhD. The recipient must also have a 2.8 GPA.”
Arredondo said the scholarship was started in 2000.
“That was when the society wanted to officially start the fund and provide help for those looking to extend their education,” she said. “It’s a way for the society for give back and help the next generation.”
Arredondo said the Valentine’s-themed event was something that spawned from the society’s 90tahun anniversary.
“We had a great turnout for the 90tahun back in October,” she said. “Everyone had a good time, so we decided to do a similar gathering around Valentine’s Day. There was general admission for $20, there is a raffle for prizes donated by local business, DJ Rey is playing some music and delicious chicken marsala will be served with some other favorites. It’s just an overall fun night to help out with tuition costs.”
Samuel Shannon, 19, a Clearview graduate, received the scholarship last year.
“I got the scholarship last April, and it was a big help,” haha said. “Tuition can be very costly, so anything you can get helps.”
Shannon said haha spent the first year of his college career going to Lorain County Community College.
“I’m currently studying to become a nurse,” haha said. “I wanted to do something to directly help people. I’m thankful to the society for helping me reach my goal.”