LULAC receives donation from ‘Copa Wednesday’ fundraiser 

The LULAC Councils in Moline and Davenport accept a $2,500 check donated from a ‘Copa Wednesday’ summer fundraiser hosted through a partnership of Milan-based Group O and the Quad Cities River Bandits. Pictured, from left, are: Sergio Mendez and Daisy Moran of LULAC Council #5285 Moline; Group O Sales and Marketing Director Sarah Reemstma; Toni Robertson and Mike Reyes of LULAC Council #10 Davenport; and River Bandits Sales Vice President Shawn Brown. Not pictured is Group O’s Karina Huaracha. CREDIT GROUP O

Group O, headquartered in Milan and one the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned businesses, announced that LULAC is the recipient of summer fundraising event held this past season between Group O and the Quad Cities River Bandits. 

Maria Ontiveros, Group O’s community liaison, left, and Shawn Brown, vice president of sales for the Quad Cities River Bandits, pose with one of the special jerseys worn this summer as part a “Bandidos del Río de las Ciudades Cuádruples.” CREDIT GROUP O

In a news release, Group O said it was proud to partner with the River Bandits to celebrate the Hispanic and Latino communities with a “Bandidos del Río de las Ciudades Cuádruples,” Minor League Baseball’s (MiLB) “Copa de la Diversión” or “Fun Cup” series.

During each “Copa Wednesday” home game, Bandits players wore a specialty “Bandidos del Río” uniform featuring mascot Rascal wearing a sombrero and signature bandana in a serape-inspired design. The jerseys were auctioned off and raised $2,500 to be donated to a local charity selected by Group O, which selected the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which includes Council #5825 in Moline and Council #10 in Davenport. 

In addition to the event sponsorship, Group O partnered with the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by recognizing Hispanic small businesses and non-profit organizations at every Wednesday home game. Those honored were: Chocolate Manor, Rosales Lawn Care, QC Ballet Folklorico, Cruz Cutz, LULAC, R&D Towing, Jennie’s Boxcar, AlienBoi Boxing Academy, TapOnIt, and Campos Mufflers.

“We’re so excited to present these funds to LULAC as part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to our Latino community,” said Maria Ontiveros, community liaison at Group O. “Group O chose to support the local LULAC councils because they are a driving force behind the improvements in the quality of life for the Hispanic community. Their scholarship program aligns with Group O’s philanthropic focus of providing educational opportunities to youth.”

Founded in 1974, Group O is an end-to-end solutions provider specializing in supply chain, packaging, incentive marketing, and mobile device lifecycle solutions. Launched as a small, family-run packaging company, Group O has grown under the leadership of the Ontiveros family to employ more than 1,200 professionals. Headquartered in Milan, it also has major operations in Minnesota, Texas and Mexico. 

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