Popular cultural event returns on Saturday

By: Alexis Stallard, Editor-In-Chief

The Multicultural Leadership Organization is hosting its sixth annual Cultural Extravaganza on Saturday afternoon — an event filled with food, games, performances and opportunities to meet with cultural organizations from the Wichita area.

The event, which is open to the public, is a long-standing tradition that MCLO puts on to raise money and to allow people to experience a wide variety of cultures.  Senior Michelle Tong, president of MCLO, said that the event is one of her favorites because of all the coordination with people from such diverse cultures. There are usually performances from the Asian and Hispanic communities along with food from cultures all over the world.

“Every one of the individuals who are involved in tabling, performing, sponsoring or volunteering is involved because they have that same goal — to celebrate and share culture,” Tong said.

The family-friendly event is also used as a fundraiser for MCLO to be able to put on events for the rest of the year. Tong said that MCLO events aim to promote the three pillars of the organization: cultural awareness, unity and leadership.

The Cultural Extravaganza will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday outside in the courtyard in front of DeMattias. Students and faculty with their IDs get in for $5. Admission for ages 10 and up is $8, for ages 2 to 10, it’s $3, and it's free for anyone under 2.

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