The Up & Coming Scholars, a program that offers first generation college students scholarships and guidance, will hold a student led fundraiser on February 12th in honor of the late Cowboy Fred Ortiz. Ortiz lost his battle to cancer, January 27, 2008. The proceeds will be used to cover outstanding medical and personal debts incurred by his family.
"This is our way to thank Kathy, Fred's wife, for her continued support of Cowboy Fred, who advocated for us - the youth," agreed the Up & Coming Scholars, which includes Jennifer Sanchez, Manuel Ordaz, Amaris Garcia, Marisa Ybarra, Rebecca Rios, Robert Higgins, Joseph Gaytan, Maria Palacios, and Jessica Kaskie.
The event will begin with a short welcome reception at 6 p.m. a light dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a program including reflections and poems honoring Cowboy Fred Ortiz, a video presentation, and musical entertainment.
The event will be held at Golden Palace, located at 1911 Clovis Road.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, February 5th, and are $20 for adults, $10 for students 17 and under.
Pre-sale tickets may be purchased from the Up & Coming Scholar students, or by calling parent/adult sponsors Christy Martinez-Garcia at 797-7233, Norma Ybarra at 544-7131, or Luis Cardenas at 766-1799.
Up & Coming Scholar students will also be selling tickets at Lubbock High school.
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