To celebrate the cultures and diversity represented in our community, the Diversity Committee at Hodges University will present its second annual Diversity Festival. The event takes place Saturday, February 14 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the North Collier Regional Park, on Livingston Road in Naples.
Since the Festival falls on Valentine’s Day, the theme for the event is “Celebrating Love of Community.” Professor Fabio Tagliasacchi, a founding member of the University’s Diversity Committee, says that the main purpose of the Festival is to “educate the community and to share our culture and traditions.
“We must remember that diversity does not divide us, it multiplies us,” he continues. “Diversity makes us more than the sum of our parts. The Festival seeks to unite the many different cultures that exist here, and looks to promote awareness and appreciation for the diversity in our community.”
The event is designed for the whole family, bringing together community leaders, ethnic associations, musicians, artists and dancers. It will feature some of the finest culinary cuisine, art, crafts and music from all parts of the world. There will also be displays and information booths hosted by various groups. Additionally, in the main auditorium, lectures and award presentations will take place from the stage.
The Festival is free to attend, with food samples available for a small charge.
Presenting sponsor for the event is the American Red Cross. Additional sponsors include Collier County Parks & Recreation, Sweet Art Gallery, Azteca America of Southwest Florida, d’Latinos, Charles Schwabb, Cengage Publishing, Latino 97.7, Oldies 92, Lite 93.7 and 6TV.
For more information regarding the event or for sponsorship information, call (239) 513-1122, or log onto www.hodges.edu.