At their first Fall Celebration & Fundraiser, the Democratic Women of Kendall County not only featured State Comptroller Susana Mendoza as the keynote speaker, but raised $1,063 for the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit U.S.-based organization that advocates for the Hispanic community.
Seventy guests attended the event. Through their ticket purchases and a raffle for two tickets to see the hit play “Hamilton: An American Musical” in Chicago, the DWKC raised the funds to aid victims of Hurricane Maria.
The hurricane struck the island of Puerto Rico in September, causing massive damage. The creator of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Puerto Rican, has encouraged anyone interested in helping alleviate this disaster to donate to the Hispanic Foundation’s UNIDOS fund to help Puerto Ricans.
“Our fellow citizens of Puerto Rico were, and still are, in a dire situation,” said Julie Gondar, president of DWKC. “We came up with the idea of splitting the overall proceeds of our fundraising event between DWKC and the Hispanic Federation’s Hurricane Relief Fund to address this great need. The idea was presented to our membership at our October meeting and they agreed that this would be a wonderful way to help.”
Anyone who would like to donate to Puerto Rican relief through the Hispanic Federation can do so at hispanicfederation.org, Gondar said.
Formed in April, the DWKC is open to all Kendall County women.
The group’s goal is to empower women to promote Democratic values in their communities and beyond by organizing campaign events; supporting local, state and national candidates; supporting businesses and charities that benefit their communities; and promoting equal rights, quality education and environmental protection.
The DWKC usually meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Yorkville Panera, 1206 N. Bridge St., but in January the group will be meeting at Panera at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit the DWKC Facebook page at facebook.com/DWKCIL.