Approximately 150 guests enjoyed authentic Mexican cuisine, drinks and live music while supporting prenatal care and baby wellness at OneWorld’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the organization’s Historic Livestock Exchange Campus, located at 4920 S. 30th Street.
The event, which took place on May 5, raised $18,000, with all funds going to support OneWorld’s Baby Boutique, an incentive program that encourages women to seek early and consistent prenatal care by providing baby essentials they may not be able to afford. Donations were so numerous that the chosen repository – a crib, appropriately enough – was literally overflowing with newborn diapers, clothing, blankets and other related items. Donors received complimentary drinks or raffle tickets in exchange.
Raffle winners went home with ice cream passes from Ted and Wally’s, a Bundtlette and punch card for a Bundt a month for a year from Nothing Bundt Cakes, a free portrait session from L C Moore Exceptional Portraits and gift cards from Hutch and 7-day furniture. One attendee took home the grand prize of a Borsheim’s diamond necklace in the shape of a heart, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Food played an integral part of the event, with the Consulate of Mexico offering attendees the opportunity to taste a variety of “guisados,” including Ensalada de Nopales, Bisteck a la Mexicana, Chicharron en Salsa Verde and Pollo en Salsa Verde. To wash everything down, guests sampled a citrus or mango margarita with a Tajín rim (a famous Mexican condiment composed of chili peppers, lime and salt). Mula supplied chips and salsa to add a little kick to the evening.
For OneWorld CEO Andrea Skolkin, the event was a rousing success. “We were extremely pleased to see so many people turn out,” she said. “It really does make an important difference in the lives of many people who are underserved by our city’s health care offerings.”