October 12 2018,  Revere

Target gift card and fire relief efforts at Saturday’s Cultural Fest

By Tara Vocino

It’s no secret that Revere is a city of diversity, and that was celebrated during Saturday’s 6th-Annual Cultural Fest in the Shirley Avenue municipal parking lot.

Raffle winner Timothy Corbette, of Revere, won a $50 Target gift card from Revere CARES Coalition Director Sylvia Chiang-Raposo, which he said he will use toward his children’s groceries.

In a similar fashion, Maria’s Taqueria Food Truck Manager Katherine Mancia donated all the profits toward the 10 Franklin Ave. fire victims. “We try to help in any way that we can,” Mancia said. “As a family business, it’s easy to come up with an idea and stick to it. I know victims who lost their belongings to the Taft Street fire last year, and I saw the emotional and financial stress that they went through.”

On a lighter side, Revere resident Mia Cry, 6, was decorating a white pumpkin from Mann’s Garden Center with a happy face and paint. “I like the way that it’s coming out,” Mia said while focusing on her creation.

Not far away, Revere resident Baibars Alkhatatbih, 5, who had his face painted as Batman, was playing Cornhole. “I like scoring, which is getting the beanbag into the hole,” Baibars said. “I won three times.”

On the main stage, Veronica Robles, originally of Mexico, and Eduardo Betancurt were playing Venezuelan music. Beside them, Event Organizer and The Neighborhood Developers Executive Director Rafael Mares said the Mann’s Garden Center photo booth helped to get him into the fall spirit. Revere resident Dimple Rana also spearheaded the event. “My daughter didn’t want to be photographed, so I did it,” Mares said.

On the other side of the lot, Revere resident Christine Cappa was taking a stab at black mango bubba tea, a unique Asian drink from the Parten House, which is hoping to open in Lynn. “It tastes like mango,” Cappa said. “It’s a refreshing, nice treat.”

And finally, Jan Dumas, a member of The Neighborhood Developers, said the festival’s purpose is to not only celebrate diversity, but to introduce residents to organizations who may not otherwise reach out to them.


Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com.

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