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.