9th Annual Blues and Arts

SAN FELIPE, B.C. – Octavio Ascolani has lived in San Felipe his whole life and has been a member of the Lions Club for five years, he says he’s seen firsthand how the club helps his home town. That’s because year after year travelers from the U.S. take a special trip south of the border for the Annual Blues and Arts Festival the club puts on.

“The benefits that we get, as in income, it goes to the city, it goes to the poor people, it goes to the medical attention.” said Ascolani.

Not only do the residents thrive but so do the orphans in Baja who depend on project Sonshine Hacienda, an orphanage that was built with money raised by the Lions, so the club makes it worth it for its visitors.
“Not only are you going to have a great time but it’s going to benefit children and old people in the community of San Felipe.” said Gary Dillie, who is also a member of the club.

Dillie says they expect thousands of people just like other years to come out and enjoy the festival.

“One of the purposes to create this type of events, events that create three to four thousand people involved, people that care.” said Ascolani.

Organizers who have lived in this beach town for more than three decades say safety shouldn’t be a concern and would like to see everyone from Yuma and Imperial Valley come and enjoy the festival for a good cause.

“It’s a very quiet, calm place, there is no security problems whatsoever, so put that out of your mind and just come down and have a good time.” said Dillie.

The event is this Friday and Saturday at the Ventana del Mar Resort, in El Dorado Ranch, in San Felipe, B.C.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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