Latino Day of Appreciation comes to Dillon on Friday
DILLON – Tony Gancev, the owner of Team Temp in Dillon, wants to express his gratitude to the Hispanic community, which fills most basic jobs in Summit County.More than 75 percent of the employees Team Temp places in temporary positions are Latinos. They clean toilets, tile floors, move rocks in landscaping jobs and perform other tasks, often for minimum wage and without receiving health care and other benefits.So from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Team Temp will host a fiesta with recorded Latino music, piñatas and giveaways including phone cards. La Perla in Silverthorne has donated rice, beans and shredded beef.”We want to get involved with the community since the business has been here a long time (two years), but not many people know about it. We want to help the community also,” said Greg Urtusuastegui, manager of La Perla.Gancev expects about 50-75 Latinos to attend, but the event is open to anyone.”It’s a good opportunity to converse and find out what the Latino community is about,” Gancev said. “The only (way) people find out about the Latino community is the paper; there’s no other event except for Sundays at Chill where you can meet and socialize with the Latino community – and I don’t think a lot of locals take advantage of (Latino night at Chill).”Other organizations have hoped to include the Latino community in events, such as concerts, but they have not been very successful. But Gancev has contact with the Latino community on a daily basis. Wednesday morning, employees at Team Temp spoke in Spanish, asking workers if they were coming to the party with “musica y comida.””They’re comfortable with us,” Gancev said.He wants to start with a small celebration this year and see how it goes. He hopes to create a bigger event next year and find companies to sponsor the event.For more information, call (970) 262-2378.
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