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Filipino-American Community Center Fund Raiser
Jim Carmack of Channel 3 News says, "Like many locations during the recent flooding, the Filipino-American Communtiy Center here in Escambia County also suffered some damage. About a foot of water inside. They're just trying to get things back to normal. And you can help, and get some good food as well."
This center has been serving the large Filipino-American community of northwest Florida since 1992. Because of the water damage from flooding, several events that were already scheduled had to be cancelled. Those events would have helped raise funds for the association.
Divina Herrera, President of the Filipino-American Community Center says, "This is one of the first times that we are asking for our own because of what happened with the flooding."
But this isn't the first time she has seen damage because of flooding. She says, "In fact, last January, I personally went to the Philippines for the Haiyan victims. I went to Tacloban and donated what we solicited from here." She witnessed first hand the kind of destruction water can bring. She said it helps put this in perspective. "Here, you have the help. You have the access to everything, but not there in the Phillipines."
The Fil-Am center did not have flood insurance, so they are now left with the cost of repairs. In the past, they've hosted fund raisers to help other local organizations. They now hope the community will return the favor.
"We give several contributions to different charities, but now we are the one who is in need," says, Herrera.
To help raise money, they're selling shish-ka-bobs this Saturday from 11-3. Plates cost $7.00. You have the choice of pork or chicken, pancit, which is the noodles, the fried rice, and the lumpia, which is the egg roll.
For more information or to place an order, you can log on to http://www.filampensacola.com/