First-ever Hispanic Heritage event at Patchogue Theatre
Latino or not, anyone is invited to come celebrate the area’s first-ever Hispanic Heritage event for free at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 20.
With little time to organize, Javier Kinghorn, chairman of the Latino leadership council of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and appointee to the Suffolk County Hispanic Advisory Board, has put together a celebration to remember with over 50 Latino performers including dance, music and song.
“If not now, when?” he said of his inspiration to get the event up and running. “I have a vision for something great, where everyone comes together.”
There will be a salsa band, footstep team and many more well-known performers taking the theatre stage. An after-party will be held at Gallo, further west on Main Street, for specials and a free drink.
Part of the theatre's mission, director of marketing and public relations Jodi Giambrone said, is to serve as an innovative cultural resource for the community.
“The arts have the power to transcend boundaries and this event is the perfect opportunity for us to come together under one roof to celebrate our area's rich cultural diversity,” she said, anticipating the event next month.
Ambitious, Kinghorn hopes to pack the theatre, with all 1,100 seats filled. The event is open to the public, and free tickets can be reserved at www.patchoguetheatre.org.
“I am excited because this is a chance for the Latino community and non-Latino community to get together and forget what’s going on in the political atmosphere,” added Kinghorn, a Puerto Rican native and Pat-Med graduate now working locally in financial services. “It’s an event for everyone to embrace each other.”
The event is expected to last two to three hours and is currently seeking sponsors; all checks can be made payable to the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
“I have big dreams about this event,” he added, promising to organize it every year hereafter. “I want it to be like the Emmys of Patchogue. I want to grow it year after year.”
When| Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Where| Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
For info| Javier Kinghorn at 631-902-0054 or Javierkinghorn@gmail.com
Latinos in Patchogue
Latinos make up about one-third of the Greater Patchogue community and continues to grow. According to event coordinator Javier Kinghorn, the community needs to be recognized not only culturally, but also as an economic force as major contributors to the economy.
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