2nd Annual Taste of the Valley


CALEXICO, Calif. – Rob Grijalva a senior at San Diego State University in Calexico benefited from last year’s Taste of the Valley.

Proceeds go toward the university’s scholarship fund.

Grijalva received $500 in scholarship.


“Any way that the school can make some money to help out students and promote the academics in the education programs is a wonderful thing,” Rob Grijalva said.

Five-hundred attended the first Taste of the Valley last year.

The event raised $30,000.


“We’re able to use those dollars strategically to be able to say here are some students we have let’s say we have additional needs in our incoming freshman class, we can use those dollars there,” SDSU Dean David Pearson said.

The Taste of the Valley will have restaurants represented from the Imperial County.


Not a whole lot of people yet as you can see behind me, but once the event starts hundreds are expected to come.


“This is our big fundraiser for the year, but I would warrant that anywhere you go, any place that’s offering a food type of fundraiser, there’s going to be nothing like this.  Twenty-two restaurants throughout the valley.  Music throughout.  Great entertainment.  Great company.  You ought to be there,” Pearson said.

Event goers will also be treated to some flamenco dancing.

The cost $40 at the entrance and all you can eat for 3 1/2 hours for a good cause.


“We know that our students, many of them are less than affluent.  Many of them really require the assistance that scholarship dollars provide in order to allow them to make it to university,” Pearson said.


“When the community contributes and helps us the community will get this money back in some form,” Grijalva said.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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