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Night in Nicaragua a success: Local philanthropists aid international plights

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The B2 Lounge at the Brick House Grille was filled with music by Lisa G and Keith Traquai on Saturday, Oct. 19, as a packed house enjoyed Sustainable Vets International's inaugural event, "A Night in Nicaragua."

The B2 Lounge at the Brick House Grille was filled with music by Lisa G and Keith Traquai on Saturday, Oct. 19, as a packed house enjoyed Sustainable Vets International's inaugural event, "A Night in Nicaragua."

The night centered on the upcoming goals of SVI, which include the express mission of “reducing animal suffering globally.” The a 501c3 nonprofit has three philanthropic arms -- veterinary care, agriculture and skill development. Funds raised at the "Night in Nicaragua" event will allow SVI to continue to make a a difference not just animals, but the community of Nicaragua and other developing nations.

Dr. Shelley Lenz, one of the founding members of this organization, offered a presentation detailing the cycle of poverty and human disenfranchisement within Nicaragua. What began as an overview of the issues in the Central American nation quickly morphed into personal experiences Lenz encountered while volunteering in Nicaragua. Her presentation included information on the effects of exploitation on the developing nation from powerful neighboring nations to the abuse of power by those within Nicaragua. Lenz believed that the combination of external and internal pressures faced by Nicaragua is the leading cause of devalued cash crops, the destruction of farming lands and the suffering of animals, people and the overall community.

In total, SVI sold 50 tickets to the event, which included admission, free authentic Nicaraguan appetizers, a free drink and the unique chance to win a customized trip for two to Nicaragua, with this year’s winner being Kristina Navarrete, of Dickinson.

With support from Dickinson and area communities, SVI aspires to continue the event as an annual feature aimed at raising awareness and funds to continue to support their mission abroad.

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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