OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and drummer Carolina Fuentes of Mi Latina at Saturday's pachanga.
OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and drummer Carolina Fuentes of Mila Tina at Saturday’s pachanga.

Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island hosted a Pachanga por Paz y Unidad (A Party for Peace and Unity) to raise money for their work, featuring Skylar Day, Certain Moves, Mila Tina and Mambo Loco on March 11 at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

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OLA also presented the premiere of a community rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” performed by musicians from among the bands at the show, youth singers and musicians and community leaders, including Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman on congas.

OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez said the song was recorded in an effort to display the “community that we see is unified” in the face of rising hostility toward immigrants nationwide.

Since early this year, OLA has been involved in engaging with local community leaders on how to protect the East End’s Latino community members in a national climate that has become increasingly hostile to immigrants.

The group was originally an offshoot of the East Hampton Town Hispanic Advisory Committee organized by founder Isabel Sepulveda de Scanlon and incorporated in 2002.

Ms. Perez took the reins as executive director early in 2016.

“We have an amazing executive director, and she can run with the bulls,” said Ms. Sepulveda at Saturday’s event.

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Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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