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Global Village Collection to Hold 15th Anniversary Celebration
Oct. 20 Event to Feature Salsa Music, Dancing, Mexican Food, and More

October 3, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Global Village Collection, 37 N. Sandusky St., will commemorate its 15th anniversary with a community celebration and fundraiser from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 20 at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Tickets are now available at the store for $10 per person, or $12 at the door. Global Village Collection is a volunteer-run store that sells hand-crafted items made by artisans in developing countries. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Global Village Collection helps to ensure the low-income artisans and farmers receive fair wages for their products. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A highlight of Global Village Connection’s anniversary celebration will be authentic Salsa music provided by Son del Caribe. The 11-member band is directed by Puerto Rican native Jaime Morales-Matos. Morales also serves as music director of the Central Ohio Symphony.

“We want to bring the community together to celebrate 15 years of Global Village Collection,” said Patricio Plazolles, president of the store’s board of directors and program officer for Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship. “I hope everybody comes. The music will be fabulous. The celebration is scheduled to end at 11, but if things are bubbling, we may go till midnight.”

Although the event is a celebration, it will have a serious side, too, Plazolles said. The event will serve as a fundraiser to aid victims of the Aug. 15 Peru earthquake.

Plazolles, who grew up just hours from the hardest-hit communities, said the 8.0 magnitude temblor was devastating to the South American country. Published reports state that more than 540 people were killed and more than 1,800 injured. Families were left without food, shelter, and drinkable water, Plazolles said.

“I can’t imagine their struggle,” he said. “I can’t imagine a more difficult situation.”

Portions of the sales of Global Village Collection merchandise and proceeds from a silent auction held during the Oct. 20 event will benefit the earthquake victims. Included in the auction will be special gift baskets created with the many coffees, teas, chutneys, jellies, and other organic, fair trade consumables sold at the store.

In addition, Plazolles and Global Village Collection have established a Peru Earthquake Relief Fund. Contributions may be made during the community event or dropped off at the store. Checks should be made out to Global Village Collection with “Peru Earthquake Relief” written in the memo line. All contributors will receive letters verifying their gifts, which are tax-deductible, Plazolles said.

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