Hispanic Heritage group moving fall events online

David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central. Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage Corporation board members Lupe Munoz, left, and Michael Andazola show off the group's T-shirt during a recent appearnce on Voice of the Valley.

SAFFORD  — Officials with Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage Corporation announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 live events in Graham and Greenlee counties have been canceled.

But that doesn’t mean the group isn’t still promoting Hispanic heritage. Instead, the focus is shifting online, with a number of virtual Latinx events and programs.

The big push remains education and trying to get as many Hispanic members of the community to pursue a degree or certificate.

“Bringing in our brothers and sisters — Hispanic heritage-type brothers and sisters — that we can encourage (to) come on out and see if you want to do EA. Sign up, register and get a career going. It’s right here, it’s so close and so available,” said Lupe Munoz during a recent appearance on Voice of the Valley.

To continue raising money for scholarships, the group will be conducting online auctions and raffles. Items have been donated by Haralson Tire Company, Tractor Supply, Valley Furniture and Ashley Furniture Home Store among others.

The online event will run during the national celebration of Hispanic Heritage, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.