NEW BRITAIN -The Queen Ann Nzinga Center is hosting its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Saturday.
The nonprofit organization’s event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer free food, dancing, music, games, arts and crafts, raffles and giveaways. Music will be provided by DJ Sammy Sosa.
Natalia Peluso, Little Miss Puerto Rico 2016-17, will be the hostess.
Melody Rivera, a New Britain High School senior at the Journalism and Media Academy in Hartford, will read a poem she wrote. Rivera, an aspiring journalist, got involved in philanthropy when she was 9 years old.
She organized a large fundraising drive for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, as well as collecting 131 bottles of dishwashing liquid to help clean animals affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She also presented the Red Cross a $300 check after raffling off her birthday gifts to raise money for Japan after its 2011 earthquake.
Other speakers include Inez Ramirez, a vice principal in Waterbury, and Alba Perez, owner of Alba’s Cafecitos in Waterbury, who will also be donating coffee.
Trinity-on-Main is at 19 Chestnut St. Donations will be collected at the event to benefit families in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The celebration is free to attend.