Quincenera cancelled by coronavirus

Out of Town Family Wants Refund for Cancelled Quince
Posted at 7:22 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 01:22:52-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — No doubt, the impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching.

A family scheduled a quinceañera this weekend at a venue in downtown Corpus Christi.

It's been canceled, and the family is trying to get their money back.

It's Reyanna's quinceañera.

And in the Hispanic culture, that usually means it's time to party.

So her mom and dad said that in October 2019, they scheduled Reyanna's quince at the La Stanza Event Center on Mesquite, and paid the full amount of more than $6,000.

"We've been planning this for over a year now," Reyana's dad, Glenn, said. "And we've had a lot of people that planned this as well."

But on Wednesday, Corpus Christi and Nueces County signed an order limiting mass gatherings to 50 people.

And a lot more than 50 people were coming to Reyanna's quince.

So Martinez spoke with Martha Gonzalez, manager of La Stanza, about a refund.

"I had called La Stanza before and told them if it were to drop, could I?" he said. "And they had told me no, only because in the contract there's no refund."

Mom and dad said it's not cancelled -- it's just not going to be at La Stanza anymore.

We called La Stanza and spoke with Martha Gonzalez.

"I don't mind working with her over a period of time," she said. "I can't just dish out $6,000 or $3,000 or something right at this point."

Now, you should know that Reyanna and her immediate family don't live in Corpus Christi, but many of her aunts and uncles and cousins do.

That's why her quince was going to be here.

Gonzalez told us Martinez's contract is good for a full year, and that due to coronavirus concerns, many wedding parties have called and re-scheduled.

Martinez could also sell her deal to somebody else.

Gonzalez told us and Martinez that she has to talk to La Stanza's owner before a decision is made on any kind of refund for Martinez.

We''ll let you know how it works out.