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      Dias Festivos Market held in McAllen

      Member of the Junior League of McAllen Michelle Palacios said one of the group TMs mission is to impact the community and specifically the lives of children and women.

      The league currently has 140 active members and this year hosted the 24th Annual Dias Festivos Market at the McAllen Convention Center.

      Each year the event raises thousands of dollars that go right back into improving children TMs' lives.

      "This year we gave $24,000 in college scholarships, Palacios said. We also give smaller grants to various non-profits throughout the community including Boys & Girls Club - Ronald McDonald TMs House Charities benefited $25,000 a few years ago, Quinta Mazatlan (and) just a bunch of non-profits in the community." This year the group invited 127 vendors from across the country in hopes of raising $60,000. The entrance fee was just $5 and thousands made a stop to shop.

      "We want to make sure that the children in our community have healthy and happy childhoods, Palacios said. Hopefully that will lead them to productive lives and they become productive members of this community and eventually will give back."

      Amparo Olivares was one of the many happy shoppers at the event.

      "I have three children, eight grandchildren, I was a school teacher and I love children, Palacios said. I think we need to help them all we can so that they can be successful in life."

      For the vendors, such as Donna and Miguel Hernandez owners of Cowboy Nut Shoppe, the event is also a two-fold, giving them the chance to expand the opportunities for children and their business.