Willamette Academy to hold Cinco de Mayo benefit event

Willamette Academy will hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration event May 5 at Mission Mill.

The event includes dinner, mariachi music and a presentation from Willamette Academy students. Proceeds support the program, which focuses on preparing underrepresented youth for college.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and tickets are $25. Mission Mill is at 1313 Mill St. SE, in Salem.

Willamette Academy is an after school, weekend and summer college access program in which diverse students are challenged and inspired to enhance their critical thinking skills, see themselves as leaders in their community and develop a love of learning. Through community support and cooperative efforts with families, most Willamette Academy students will be the first in their families to attend college.

For more information, contact Michele Gray at (503) 370-6085 or To RSVP, visit