Our first year, with over $20,000 in community sponsorships, we threw an amazing block party in Central Park, one that exceeded our wildest hopes. With amazing food, a fantastic cantina, live music all day long, great kids’ activities, and an active Mercado full of vendors, we spent all day celebrating the Hispanic community that has been such an important part of our area for so many years—though often unrecognized. After all the bills were paid, we were even able to donate $5,000 to the Migrant Resource Council, the single largest donation they have received and one that transformed the services they offered migrant families in our area in 2020. The energy from that Fiesta grew, as has the team of those involved. Last year, we had a COVID safe “Fiesta” by sponsoring a restaurant week, virtual dance lessons, and a food truck day. We were able to donate $5,500 to Lighthouse Immigration Advocates, all while helping support our local restaurants.

This year, we will have an entire week of celebration planned, pending COVID restrictions. We will start the week with the Parade of Flags in Central Park. We will continue with a Restaurant Week, a special ticketed dinner experience on Thursday, a Tribute to Mana concert at the waterfront on Friday, and the big FIESTA on Saturday! But that’s not all. We are currently at work creating a formal 501c3 entity, the Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative (TCPI). Puentes is the Spanish word for bridge—a powerful symbol for our area and the inspiration for what our organization wants to do: build bridges between Latin American cultures and the larger Tri-Cities community.

We hope to raise funds this year to support another Latin American organization, a mentoring program for the young Latin American community members, and startup costs for our new organization that will host these events. Please consider joining us in this important work, celebrating the heritage and culture of the Hispanic community in Grand Haven.


Reyna Masko

Ottawa County/Grand Haven Human Relations Commission

The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer

Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church
Grand Haven