Cinco de Mayo celebration aids Families in Transition

Families in Transition, a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless services provider, is selling tickets for its sixth annual Cinco de Mayo event Thursday, the proceeds of which directly support the agency’s housing and services for the homeless.

Since 2006, Families in Transition’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration has raised nearly $400,000 for Families in Transition for various projects to support their housing and services for homeless individuals and families.

This year, the money raised by the event will help furnish a new FIT residence: an historic, refurbished building on Lowell Street in Manchester, which when completed in June, will house up to 30 homeless women and children.

“This year, our Cinco de Mayo Celebration is a whole new event,” FIT President Maureen Beauregard said. “We’ve moved it to the center of downtown Manchester and reduced ticket prices. It’s going to be a great night for a good cause, and we hope you’ll join us.”

The Latin-flavored event will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Brady Sullivan building at 1000 Elm St.

It features food, drinks and dancing, with light Mexican fare by the Hanover Street Chop House, live Latin music with Combo Sabroso from Boston, and a live auction with items like four luxury suite tickets to a Red Sox game.

Event tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at www.fitnh.org/cinco.

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