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Again this year, the Consulate of Guatemala in Raleigh invited GSSG to participate in their Second Annual Guatemalan Day Celebration on June 8. Even though the weather was threatening, attendance was even better than last year when an estimated 3,000 people attended. There were Live Marimba music (Marimba Maya Awal), Guatemalan Food (including Restaurante El Chapin, El Sazon de mi Tierra, Panaderia La Esperanza, etc), Guatemalan performers, and even the Durham Bulls mascot showed up. Vice Consul Cristina Espana did a wonderful job hosting the event.

The GSSG booth was kept busy with attendees interested in GSSG’s educational work in Guatemala, especially the scholarship awards. The free raffle of two bags of the Byron Cap Family coffee (available from Green Caffeen) was also a big attraction. The winners chosen in a random drawing were Julia G. and Luis A.

The North Carolina Consulate of Guatemala does excellent work for the large Guatemalan community in the Carolinas. Their staff goes above and beyond what is required of them in supporting the needs of this wonderful Guatemalan community.

GSSG wants to thank the Consulate of Guatemala for including us in the event and to acknowledge the help of Dr. Kim Richard Jones and his daughter, Sophie, and Marilyn and Tom Goehl in hosting the GSSG booth.