The second annual JCC Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Gala, sponsored by Jamestown Community College, the Dunkirk Hispanic Coalition, and HOPE, a local organization, will be held September 30 at St. Hedwig’s Social Center in Dunkirk.
The event, which begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., includes dinner and live music by Cleveland band, Sammy de León y su Orquesta.
Admission to the gala is $15 per ticket or $25 for two. Tickets can be obtained by calling Jamestown Community College’s North County Center at 363.6500 or online at sunyjcc.edu/gala.
Proceeds from the event benefit the JCC Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship program. The scholarship awards two students from underserved populations with $2,000 toward tuition at JCC. Recent Dunkirk High School graduates Destiny Paredes and Isaiah Rosado are recipients of the this year’s scholarship.
The Rosas scholarship was named in honor of Dunkirk mayor Willie Rosas, the first person of Hispanic heritage to be elected to a mayoral seat in New York state.
Rosas and Kirk Young, JCC’s vice president of enrollment management and institutional advancement, will present remarks during the dinner.
de León, a renowned Latin bandleader, and his 12-piece orchestra will play a range of dance music styles including Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue. De León has collaborated with Tito Puente, Grán Combo de Puerto Rico, Tito Rojas, Tony Vega, Hector Trioche, and Rey de la Paz over his 30-year career.