HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- Today Heritage State Park in Holyoke hosted the 5th Annual Massachusetts Latino Community Picnic. The event was organized by the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce to celebrate “Employee Appreciation Day.”
There was music, games, and even a Latino pig roast for everyone to enjoy this afternoon.
“I came to meet friends, come with family members and you know, get together, and eat good food,” says Hildo DeJesus.
Employees from many local businesses came to be recognized for all of their hard work.
Monica Quiles runs a business right out of her home called, “A Sweet Affair Bakery.” She someday hopes to get a store front.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, it’s the first thing I have done and its really, really, really exciting,” says Quiles.
The President of the Latino Chamber , Carlos Gonzalez, values small business and says that it drives the downtown economy. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they are starting a lot of the small business jobs that are available to our community.”
Tim Kukuharchuk, of Crepes Tea House in West Springfield, was there too. ” We have crepes, tea and we have lots of ethnic foods. Things like little dumplings and potato pancakes and all types of stuff.”
The Chamber hopes the picnic serves as motivation to continue establishing local business in the area.