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Southside Lions Club: Giving Back with Culture and Heritage

The Southside Lions Club biannual events at the Paseo help give back to the community by raising funds for scholarships and eyeglasses for the needy.
As piñatas and colorful decorations fill the Paseo de Santa Angela the Southside Lions Club receives hundreds of people each year to fulfill their mission to give back. While vendors are able to make profits of their own, funds raised at the event go toward helping send disabled children to the Lions Club Kerrville, provide seeing eyeglasses to the needy and provide scholarships for local students.

"It continues to raise and stir the incentives for Hispanics to progress in a society, such as the American society. That's important in every aspect to grow whether you're German, Czech or Polish or Irish or Italian it's important that we all stick together in the big melting pot of the United States and speak out and say 'Hey, we want an opportunity' and we're taking the opportunity it's important," Southside Lions Club Vice President Ray Zapata said.

The Cinco de Mayo celebrations feature a variety of items from jewelry and handbags to homemade foods. Music fills the air as live entertainment takes the stage. Aside from dancing traditional Hispanic entertainment includes mariachi performers and folkloric dancers. Robert Blanco says his granddaughter, a folkloric dancer, inspired him to bring his business to the Paseo.

"So she dances with them so actually that's how we started coming out here and we noticed that they had a lot of vendors so we decided let's go ahead and try it too. This is actually our third year already," Robert Blanco M&R Roasted Corn and Turkey Legs owner said.

The Southside Lions Club will host their next celebrations in conjunction with Hispanic heritage month in September.
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