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Tacos & Tequila fundraiser supports Merced Theatre

Supporters of the historic Merced Theatre in downtown Merced gathered on Saturday, May 4, for the fourth annual Tacos & Tequila fundraiser at an gorgeous private residence in north Merced. 

Hundreds of people attended the gathering — with a Cinco de Mayo twist — to help ongoing Theatre projects, including interior upgrades and a brand new electronic marquee that will light up the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way with news of great entertainment events coming to this ‘city on the rise.’

At the event, several major donors were honored, including Dr. Art Kamangar and Dr. Hanimireddy Lakireddy. Community donations included Times Publisher John Derby who donated $1,000 from a newspaper subscription campaign last year. 

100 percent of the proceeds raised go to assist the Theatre Board with its efforts to renovate the marquee and installing digital reader boards.

Entertainment at the event included Mariachi Pihuamo, and ‘Street Tacos’ catering by El Feroz.

Go to for information on donations, including memberships, seat and brick purchases, sponsorships, advertising and volunteering. 

Upcoming events at the venue include: Jason Cade on Saturday, May 11; Summer Solstice Swing with the Preservation Big Band on Friday, June 21; and The Texas Tenors on Saturday, June 29. The next $5 movie night is June 2 with “The Sandlot.”


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