VALPARAISO | Carlos Rivero's Don Quijote Ristorante held a benefit on Sunday to help the homeless.
The fundraiser helped Housing Opportunities, Inc., a residence for homeless men, women and children in Valparaiso.
"In 2011, this agency served some 4,900 needy individuals with housing and medical care, with 47 percent of them being children," said Caroline Shook, CEO of the agency.
Formerly known as Spring Valley Shelter up until three years ago, the agency has held this fundraiser at Don Quijote for the past 21 years.
Grace Watkins, a Spanish teacher at Valparaiso High School has been supplying students from her Spanish classes every year to the project since it began in 1990.
"These energetic students would sell tickets, solicit gifts from Valparaiso area businesses and serve as waiters and waitresses at the benefit dinner," she said.