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HISPANIC FEST 2015 - Entertainment, Food, Fashion, Theater, Patriotism!
26 September, Fort Walton Beach: Over 1300 attended Hispanic Fest 2015 and everyone had a wonderful time thanks to the sponsorship of several area business, the planners and organizers from United for a Good Cause, and volunteers, young and old, from as far away as Pensacola! More than 40 vendors also participated.
ZT Motors was the Title Sponsor of this great event and their generosity and contribution to this year's festival was integral in its success.
As part of the festival, a wonderful segment took place in which the organizers honored two World War II Veterans with patriotic songs, a re-enactment of the raising of the US Flag over Iwo-Jima by the Emerald Coast Young Marines Organization, WWII era songs from the Smooth Sailin' Quartet, dancing by the High Steppers and great patriotic songs by Michael Aldahondo and Reid Soria. The Hurlburt Field Honor Guard conducted a ceremonial folding of the flag and presented it to Mr. Fred Baber, a WWII veteran who was in the audience. Also in attendance was Mr. Sam Lombardo, another WWII veteran. Mrs. Betty Dore, owner of Rapunzel Hair Studio organized a presentation of plaques to two local wounded warriors with participation from Air Force and Army active duty personnel. This inspirational segment closed out with a donation of $500 to Mrs. Kelly Hale, representative from Building Homes For Heroes (www.buildinghomesforheroes.org). The donation was a combined effort by Mrs. Betty Dore and United for A Good Cause Inc.
Another outstanding part of the festival was the Fashion Show organized by Betty Dore with help from Marcos Ortiz, owner of Pink Tree Boutique in Fort Walton Beach and Hamizadai Fereira. Hamizadai is a local professional model who worked with all the models that participated. The Fashion Show was lauded by many in the audience as a great addition to our Festival and will continue each year.
United for a Good Cause Inc. is proud to be the main organizer of Hispanic Fest. All the proceeds from the Hispanic Fest events go toward the Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children's Fiesta. The Children's Fiesta is an everything is free to all that attend Latin Fiesta and this year, on 19 December, over 1,000 children and families are expected! For more information on the children’s fiesta and the other activities of United for a Good Cause Inc., go to: unitedforagoodcause.org.
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Hispanic Fest 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015 11am-9pm
Be a part of Hispanic Fest 2015! The largest indoor Hispanic Festival between Tampa and New Orleans!
Hispanic Fest! Live Bands, singers, top DJs, delicious food, vendors, folkloric groups, and more...What a great way to enjoy a weekend on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast of Florida. Hispanic Fest 2015 will take place at the beautiful Emerald Coast Convention Center. Please click the icons below for directions and group rates with our lodging partners.
Additional Hotel Information:
For the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, visit http://www.ramadafwb.com and use the group code Hispanic or call 800-874-8962 and mention Hispanic Fest 2015 to book at the discounted group rates.
For the Wyndham Garden Ft. Walton Beach, visit http://goo.gl/DkUvRJ or call (850) 244-8686 to book using the Hispanic Fest 2015 discounted rate. Come and relax at our resort, offering free beach service, free bicycle rentals and free DVD movie rentals to all our visitors.
About Hispanic Fest 2015
Hispanic Fest 2015 will be a family-oriented, cultural and educational festival that will showcase the very best of Hispanic music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, exhibits, and the flavors and aromas of our excellent cuisine. Special appearances by Non-Hispanic performers and dance groups will also take place! Our goal is to have "something" from each and every one of the Hispanic nations of the World!
Proceeds from the event will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc's 11th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children's Fiesta. The Fiesta, held each December since 2005, is an everything is free to all that attend charity event.
Hispanics have been a part of the Emerald Coast for hundreds of years with the arrival of the Spanish Armadas into areas like Pensacola.
As of 2012, Hispanics reached 53 million and are the largest minority in the United States at 17% of the total population. In Florida, there are 4.4 million, which equates to 23% of the total population.
Hispanics play a huge role in the US economy with their tremendous purchasing power which is estimated to reach 1.5 trillion in 2015!
Businesses, service agencies and other entities or individuals who enjoy the Hispanic culture are welcomed to become sponsors and vendors! This festival will provide an invaluable opportunity to reach out and market to the growing Hispanic community of the Emerald Coast and NW Florida Region, as well as the large quantities of Non-Hispanics expected to attend.
To enhance diversity in the Emerald Coast region by bringing the overall community together as we showcase and share the richness of the Hispanic/Latin American culture.
To unite all Hispanics regardless of their social, economic, and political background and together, provide a family friendly event for the entire Emerald Coast and Northwest Florida region to enjoy!
- To provide the public with a family oriented event filled with learning through music, dance, food, children's activities, arts and cultural exhibits from as many of our Hispanic nations as possible.
- To emphasize the uniqueness of our culture and the diversity of the Hispanic community of the United States.
- To create an event that showcases local and regional performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen and artifact producers.
- Through distinct activities and exhibits, educate the youth to a better understanding of our culture.
- To provide an invaluable opportunity for Hispanic and Non-Hispanic businesses, service agencies, corporations, and other local and regional entities to reach the growing Hispanic community of the Emerald Coast and the NW Florida Region!
- There are 53 million Hispanics in the United States. They are the largest minority at 17%.
- Florida has 4.4 million Hispanics which equates to 23% of its population.
- Hispanic purchasing power nationally is 1.5 trillion.
- The combined income of Hispanics in NW Florida is 1.4 billion.
- The combined income of Okaloosa County Hispanics is approximately 300 million.
- Home ownership is at 54%, and the percentage of Hispanic students in Florida classrooms (K-12) is 27%.
- In the NW Florida, the percentage of Hispanics varies from 2.1% in Washington County to 9.5% in Gasden (Quincy) County. Okaloosa County is 4.7%.
While the percentages in the Emerald Coast might seem "small" in comparison, they still mean thousands of potential customers for local/regional businesses. For employers, it means thousands of fully bilingual workers. Even in the political arena, it means thousands of potential voters to reach out to and which could make the difference in any election!
The combination of Hispanic demographics, preferences and increased buying power is expected to benefit the following seven economic sectors:
- residential buying
- food - grocery and restaurants
- retail - specifically clothing and electronics
- education - higher learning and technical schools
- financial services
- transportation - automotive and airline
- entertainment and media
Source: IBISWorld, The Growing Hispanic Population Means Big Business for These 7 Sectors, Special Report, August 2011
Sponsorship Levels and Payment Information
Hispanic Fest 2015 is sure to be your biggest and most cost effective opportunity to promote your business, market to and network with the thousands of Hispanics and Non-Hispanics from throughout the North West Florida area and surrounding states who are expected to attend this magnificent event.
We invite you to become one of our corporate sponsors. Together we will make a positive difference in our community because the funds raised will help our organization continue our mission to "promote the Spirit of Service, Giving, and Unity among the youth of our area for the benefit of the Emerald Coast community."
Live Bands (Tropical and Mexican music), the area's Top DJs (music for all tastes, including American music), ZUMBA, Salsa/Bachata Demos, Dance Contests for children and adults.
Enjoy the presentations from our area's best groups to include Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Cuba, Spain and more.
Enjoy the most delicious and popular Hispanic cuisine from area restaurants (pay as you go). Visit our "FONDA HISPANA", where we will have a wide variety of Latin appetizers for sale (tamales, empanadas, rellenitos, arepas, and more).
A Happy World (Un Mundo Feliz) Kids' Zone
Clowns, magicians, puppeteers, piñatas, contests, arts and crafts tables and more! Children will not be able to be bored at Hispanic Fest!
A large variety of vendors will be in place, as well as non-profit organizations, service agencies and others.
Art and Cultural Displays
Art Gallery featuring local artists, plus cultural displays created by individuals and area students.
Enjoy a game of dominoes, Mexican loteria and other popular Table games as you listen to the great performers on stage.