Alfredo Castro of El Mariachi Restaurant in Moline, IL. Photo by Antonio Varela / Hola America
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VIVA Quad Cities Fiesta and Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce join forces to raise funds

After much planning and discussion, the committees of VIVA Quad Cities (VIVA) and the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC) organizations have made the difficult decision to cancel their 2021 major fundraising events due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, as well as the comfort of supporters. Both annual events were scheduled for September, celebration month of the Hispanic Heritage.  

Even though the annual fundraisers will not be held, the missions remain.  This year, the organizations have joined forces to establish a letter campaign and video event themed Mariachis and Margaritas to be released on September 9th. In addition, a fun filled Quad Cities Best Margarita contest will be launched to encourage support for our businesses.  The friendly contest is to market and highlight area establishments, while encouraging patrons to visit.

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El Mariachi Restaurant in Moline, IL is one of the businesses participating in this fun event. 

“The reason I am participating in the margaritas fundraiser is because I’ve been a part of the VIVA QUAD CITIES for over 20 years and this year they’re not going to do a fiesta so I want to help in anyway I can to raise money for scholarships to help our local students.” said Virginia Castro, owner of El Mariachi Restaurant. 

The other participating locations are:

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Alfredo Castro of El Mariachi Restaurant in Moline, IL.
Photo by Antonio Varela / Hola America

Jennie’s Box Car in East Moline, IL

El Patron Restaurant & Bar in Rock Island, IL

Verde Contemporary Mexican in Bettendorf

Raw Cocktails & Appetizers in Davenport

Restaurante El Mariachi in Moline

The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce supports and enhances business success and unique contributions to our Hispanic and cultural identities.  Since 2008, the organization has excelled supporting, promoting, and enhancing the growth and success of business and organizations, with expertise of our unique Hispanic and multicultural identities.

For almost 30 years the VIVA Fiesta has been an opportunity to highlight the rich culture and positive contributions of the Hispanic community, while providing college scholarships to Quad City area students. The Fiesta itself has raised over $250,000 in scholarship funds.  VIVA, a partner of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and its scholarship program, have combined and awarded over $985,000 to 1,180 Quad City area students in support of higher education.  While this year’s Fiesta has been cancelled, those students who received scholarships for the 2021/2022 academic year will still be distributed. VIVA Quad Cities takes great pride in distributing 100% of our profits to our college scholarship fund. 

“The volunteers for the VIVA committee throughout the years have worked very hard to keep this event  going. I admire them all and will continue to support them in any way I can.” Virginia Castro added.

Janessa Calderon director of the GQCHCC invites everyone to participate “Grab some friends, take your in-laws out to dinner, do a girls night, do a date night, show grandma and grandpa out on the town and try out these margaritas, anytime this month! Pick any margarita that calls your name, and find your favorite. Ask the restaurant  for a ticket stub and cast your vote at their location through the month of August”

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For more information on how to have your restaurant/bar participate in the Margarita contest or to donate to the scholarship program please contact (309) 230-5622. 

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