Six pre-medical students from Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University will be heading to Ecuador this summer, and Friday offers a chance to help them on their way.

Cafe Sintra, located at 1024 N.W. Bond St., Bend, will host a dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, with proceeds benefitting Cascade Medical Ambassadors. The organization, created by the students, will donate time and bring medical equipment to impoverished residents in Quayaquil, Ecuador.

The evening will feature a four-course meal of traditional Ecuadorian food, live South American music, a silent auction and a slide show from Casey Husk, who visited the hospital for nine weeks in 2010.

Tickets for the dinner cost $50, and they must be purchased online by today. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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