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OLA And Youth Generation Throw Benefit At Town Line BBQ

Originally Posted: January 25, 2009

The founding members of OLA YG (Youth Generation): Johanna Saldana, Natalia Saavedra, Isabel Saavedra, Paul Munoz, Arlette Flores and Michelle Chala. Photos by Eileen Casey

Bridgehampton - The East End's Latino organization OLA has added a new youthful voice to its organization - OLA YG (Youth Generation).

Linda Shapiro, professional fundraiser, lends her support to the evening.

Both organizations held a benefit at Town Line BBQ in Bridgehampton on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to introduce OLA YG as an organization now recognized under the umbrella of OLA, co-founded by Isabel Sepulveda-de Scanlon.

OLA is now in its seventh year and according to Sepulveda-de Scanlon OLA YG "represents the future leaders of our communities and we are thrilled to welcome them to our organization."

Further stating that "I hope to incorporate one or two members of OLA YG into the OLA Board so that we are working as one organization to focus our goals to unifying and educating the Latino community, as well as the surrounding communities by sharing culture, ideals and values."

OLA YG co-founder Natalia Saavedra, indicated the purpose of OLA YG is "To empower and inspire the Latino community and youth to share their culture, values and ideals with their communities so that we become one community."

Saavedra also mentioned that initially the "youth group" was founded by four young ladies - then five - and finally a young man joined which now forms the OLA YG organization at this time. The other members include Isabel Saavedra (Natalia's sister), Michelle Chala, Arlette Flores and Paul Munoz, all formerly of East Hampton High School, and Johanna Saldana, a Ross School senior.

DJ Chile gets the house rockin' on Sunday at Town Line BBQ.

This newly formed chapter of OLA has plans to recruit fellow East End youth of all different backgrounds.

OLA and OLA YG will be assisted by Daniel Hartnett, EHHS psychologist, and Linda B. Shapiro, Professional Fundraiser and Special Events Coordinator, both of whom serve on the advisory committee. Shapiro coordinated Sunday's benefit.

Owner of Town Line BBQ, Mark Smith, commented "That I am happy to welcome this kind of gathering to the restaurant, as these organizations help to bring everyone together."

Town Line BBQ was filled with all natioinalities who enjoyed the wonderful food prepared by Chef Sean Rafferty and his hard-working and pleasant staff. Rafferty is also the chef at La Fondita. The delectables included Chips & Pico de Gallo, Quesadillas, Chicken Flautas, Tinga Tostados, Calamari Cocktail and Al Pastor Skewers. Soft drinks were included in the minimal admission price of $15, and a cash bar was ably manned by bartender Anthony Recupero.

The wonderful Latino themed music filled the restaurant under the professional handling of DJ Chile, who had everyone on their feet dancing and clapping. Large circles formed and anyone game enough was allowed to enter the circle and show their moves to cheers and clapping from the crowded dance floor.

Guests, including Assemblyman Philip Ramos (6th District), Marla Schwenk (executive manager for Bob Zellner), Ivy Karkut of Ananas Spa, and dozens of families, friends and new acquaintances gathered for great food, music and company to wish OLA and OLA YG great success with their future collaborations and endeavors.

OLA co-founder Isabel Sepulveda-de Scanlon and Assemblyman Philip Ramos (6th District) show a "thumbs-up" for the outpouring of support for OLA and OLA YG.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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