Portal A Tango will hit the dance floor at a fundraiser for the Surrey Christmas Bureau called ¡Viva Surrey! on Oct. 15. Below is band Moviendolo

Fiesta in Surrey – for a good cause

Latin American-themed event Oct. 15 will help raise much-needed funds for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

It’s a first for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

But it’s hoped ¡Viva Surrey!, an evening of Latin American music and dance, becomes an annual fundraiser for the local charitable organization.

“It’s good to do something different,” said SCB coordinator K.C. Gilroy, noting donated dollars are becoming more difficult to come by due not only to donor fatigue, but to donor caution as well.

“Their own finances might not be as good as in the past.”

Gilroy, who lived in Mexico in the ‘70s, said she has always wanted to put on a fiesta of sorts in Surrey. She’s noticed the number of Latin Americans living in Surrey has been growing significantly over the years and thinks such an event will be the perfect opportunity for people to learn about their neighbours and their culture.

And, of course, have fun and support a great cause, said Gilroy.

Planned for Oct. 15, the evening will include four Surrey-based groups.

First up will be Flamenco del Mar, a troupe that will perform several passionate song and both flamenco and Spanish dance pieces. Alejandro Ruiz and his family will then take their ancient instruments to stage as Mayan Marimba, playing a selection of traditional marimba music.

Portal al Tango, featuring Bobbi and Patricia Lusic, will then grace the dance floor, followed by the toe-tapping beat of Moviendolo, a salsa band led by Edwin Martinez.

There will even be a salsa lesson to get the crowd “up and moving,” said Gilroy.

Traditional Mexican food from Taqueria Jalisco will be available for purchase, as will beer and wine. And attendees will be invited to bid on a selection of silent auction items.

¡Viva Surrey! takes place Oct. 15, 6-11 p.m. at Espirito Santo Hall, 12918 112 St. Tickets are $15, available by calling 604-581-9623.