Every fall, La Sociedad para las Artes organizes a Hunger Benefit reading for Casa de Peregrinos, an emergency food bank in Las Cruces, New Mexico, that feeds thousands of hungry mouths each year. La Sociedad has raised close to $60,000 for this organization over the 15+ years the benefit has been running.
Previous featured readers have included Juliana Spahr, ZZ Packer, Charles D’Ambrosio, Kevin McIlvoy, Antonya Nelson, Robert Boswell, and Charles Bowden. A silent auction runs congruent with the readings and a lively reception with live music is held afterwards. An annual chili cookoff pits graduate students against faculty in a fierce and tasty competition. The evening is unfailingly a good time, bringing together community-minded people with a passion for literature, art, music and throwing back a few cold ones in a loud, dark bar.
About the Benefit
According to Casa de Peregrinos, "estimates now suggest that, in this country, 45 million people spend a third of their post-tax income on food and still run out every month. In Southern New Mexico, that figure might even be closer to half for some."
Saturday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
3000 Elks Drive Las Cruces, NM 88005
Readings by poet Bobby Byrd and novelist Denise Chavez
Live music by The Deming Fusileers and Barely Legal
Silent auction of local goodies
Student vs. Faculty chili cookoff
*All proceeds go to Casa de Peregrinos
Cost: $10 (makes checks payable to Casa de Peregrinos)*
Contact Connie Voisine at cvoisine [at] nmsu.edu
(Be sure to designate your donation to the Hunger Benefit)