CALEXICO — The Carnegie Technology Center hosts an event tonight to both raise money for equipment upgrades as well as to unveil its donor wall and installation of the building’s historical designation plaque.
The center is a branch of Camarena Memorial Library and is housed in a building where the library used to be, Community Services Director Sandra Tauler said.
It provides the community with free Internet access including Wi-Fi from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday as well as free basic Internet and e-mail classes.
The center’s building at 420 Heber was built in 1919 with a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, Tauler said.
The building was added to the national register of historic buildings in 2005, but a historical designation plaque hadn’t been set up until now.
The date of the fundraiser was chosen due to today being International Literacy Day as well as the birthday of the late Margarita De Necochea.
“She was the community member who spearheaded saving the library since it was destined to be demolished,” Tauler said.
De Necochea not only helped keep the building from being destroyed but also fought to have it restored after it was abandoned and an earthquake damaged it, Tauler said.
About 75 people are expected to attend the public event tonight. Tickets are $50 each with all proceeds going to purchase equipment for the technology center.
“We want to stay up to date and truly make it a technology center,” Tauler said.
Tonight will be the first of what will be an annual fundraiser for the center.
Tickets are available at Camarena Memorial Library, at the door tonight, and from committee members including committee chairwoman Kimberly Collins, treasurer Libby Peraza, Herlinda Belcher, Carlos Herrera, Eric Rice, Norma Saikhon and Mercedes Wheeler.
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If you go
What Calexico Carnegie Technology Center fundraiser
When 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight
Where Carnegie Technology Center, 420 Heber Ave. in Calexico