Fundraiser is Saturday in Basalt for English in Action | AspenTimes.com

Fundraiser is Saturday in Basalt for English in Action

Staff reportThe Aspen TimesAspen CO Colorado

BASALT – Fiesta de Tamales, featuring 1,000 tamales and pupusas, will be held as a fundraiser Saturday for a nonprofit organization that harnesses English-speaking volunteers to help students of all nationalities improve their English skills.The fundraiser for English in Action will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Basalt Middle School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. The event includes a variety of entertainment in addition to dinner.Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Folklorico dancers will give a performance. Magician Doc Eason will showcase a few tricks he has up his sleeve, and there will be singing by a local choir and spinning by local DJ Tyler Tucker.”The Fiesta de Tamales is unlike any other event in the valley,” said Lara Beaulieu, English in Action’s executive director. “This event brings together immigrants and other community members in a wonderful celebration of culture and community. The tamales and pupusas are homemade by our students and volunteer tutors. The food is delicious, and it will be a fun evening for the whole family.”Prize giveaways include an iPad, a custom child’s playhouse and a pamper package, complete with Aspen Club & Spa gift certificates and personal training. Raffle tickets are available in advance or at the door.English in Action is a local nonprofit organization with the mission of building community and intercultural relationships through language and leadership development. Volunteers meet with students for an hour a week.The organization serves more than 230 adult students annually with the help of more than 150 volunteer tutors. English in Action currently has a waiting list of 70 adults who want to learn English.