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NMSU's Sociedad Para las Artes hosts hunger benefit for Casa de Peregrinos

Noted fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio of The New Yorker magazine will headline the annual hunger benefit sponsored by New Mexico State University's La Sociedad Para las Artes for Casa de Peregrinos, an emergency food program that provides free food to families in need.


iction writers Kevin McIlvoy, Daniel Chacon and poet Connie Voisine will share their talents along with D'Ambrosio at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Rio Grande Theater.

This is the 13th year in which La Sociedad Para las Artes, an organization run by the graduate creative writing program, has sponsored a hunger benefit for Casa de Peregrinos.

A silent auction of items donated by local businesses will be held before the reading and during the intermission. The items include Nambe silver, Black & Decker power tools, massages, pedicures and a Botox session. Following the reading, a Toronto-based band called the Sadies will play for a reception for ticket-holders starting at 10 p.m. at El Patio bar in Old Mesilla.

"Casa de Peregrinos serves close to 10,000 persons a year," Voisine said. "Nineteen percent of New Mexicans go to bed hungry. Anything we can do to help Casa alleviate the situation is worth it."

La Sociedad Para las Artes has raised over $40,000 for Casa de Peregrinos.

Tickets, $12 each, should be purchased in advance at the NMSU English Department or at The Bean or El Patio bar, both in Old Mesilla.