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The Ohio chapter of Amigos de las Americas held a Celebracion de la Primavera (Celebration of Spring) fund-raising brunch recently at the Kent State University Student Center. The Kent-based group raised nearly $5,000 from more than 140 attendees to help defray the costs of sending 18 young adults to eight Latin American countries this summer. The volunteers will be working in rural areas on community health and improvement projects. The brunchs featured speaker was Bill Gentile, a videography teacher at KSU, who has covered war zones around the world for Newsweek, United Press International and the New York Times. He presented a short documentary, Nicaragua, Now and Then, that was broadcast recently on Public Broadcasting Services Now with Bill Moyers show. Enjoying the brunch are, from left, Danielle Cariglio, a KSU student and veteran Amigos volunteer, who will spend this summer in Brazil; Gentile and his wife, Esther; and Karee Clarke, a KSU student and training co-director of the Amigos chapter.