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Calexico Desert Valley Bandits to provide Easter egg hunt

April 06, 2012|By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Thousands of Easter eggs will be placed around the Calexico High School football field Sunday for the second annual Easter egg hunt by the Calexico Desert Valley Bandits.

About 500 people came to the nonprofit group’s inaugural event last year, Calexico Desert Valley Bandits founder Luis “Chino” Gonzalez said.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

About 10,000 plastic eggs with candy will be distributed, and 40 eggs will have something inside designating a prize basket winner.

It takes about two days of preparation for the event, and usually only takes about five minutes for the eggs to disappear, Gonzalez said while laughing.

There are about 15 sponsors from the community helping to support the Easter egg hunt.

The Calexico Desert Valley Bandits began in 2005 with six people and has grown to 20 members.

The nonprofit focuses on helping young people under the age of 18 in the community through supporting athletic teams, providing a dozen scholarships a year, and more.

“Any young people that need help can come to us and we will help,” Gonzalez said. “We give 100 percent of the profits from events back to the community for young people.”

Contact Gonzalez at 760-427-6051 or valleybandits@hotmail.com for information or to support the Calexico Desert Valley Bandits.

IF YOU GO

What — Calexico Desert Valley Bandits second annual Easter Egg Hunt
When — Gates open at 1:30 p.m., event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday
Where — Calexico High School football field

Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or cadami@ivpressonline.com

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