2016-04-27 / Front Page

‘Queens For Ecuador’ Concert Raises $10K For UNICEF


In efforts to assist victims and families of the massive earthquake that shook Ecuador on April 16 and left at least 655 people dead, state Senator Jose Peralta, at mic, Members of Congress Joseph Crowley and Grace Meng, state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Michael Gianaris, Assemblymembers Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker, Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, and community leaders and organizations hosted the “Queens for Ecuador” benefit concert at La Boom, which raised more than $10,000 to provide aid to the victims and their families. In efforts to assist victims and families of the massive earthquake that shook Ecuador on April 16 and left at least 655 people dead, state Senator Jose Peralta, at mic, Members of Congress Joseph Crowley and Grace Meng, state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Michael Gianaris, Assemblymembers Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker, Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, and community leaders and organizations hosted the “Queens for Ecuador” benefit concert at La Boom, which raised more than $10,000 to provide aid to the victims and their families. “Queens for Ecuador,” the benefit concert organized and hosted by state Senator Jose Peralta, alongside Members of Congress Joseph Crowley and Grace Meng, Assemblymembers Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker, and community leaders and other organizations raised over $10,000 to provide aid for the victims of the earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. All the proceeds will be donated to UNICEF, one of the international organizations working directly with the Consulate General of Ecuador in New York. The Hispanic Federation will deposit the proceeds into UNICEF’s account. Public Advocate

Letitia James attended the concert.

The massive quake killed at least 655 people, and injured more than 16,600 others. Forty-eight people are still missing, and more than 25,000 were left homeless. In addition, according to UNICEF, more than 150,000 schoolchildren were displaced as 281 schools were destroyed or damaged. The natural disaster is one of the worst in Ecuador’s history. Ecuadorian authorities have estimated that the quake caused at least $3 billion in damages.

The benefit concert, held at La Boom in Woodside was co-sponsored by the Hispanic Federation, Local 78, Flushing Lions Club, Mecenas, Loria, the International Peruvian Festival, Centro Cívico Ecuatoriano, Queens Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Voces Latinas and the Association of Latin American Leaders. Musical and artistic performances at the gala included Fulanito, Acsmed, Roberto Vázquez, La Chica de la Cumbia, Pochito, Danza Marinera Norteña del Perú, Danza Estampa Negra, Óscar García, Martha Lucía y Grupo Macao.

“Ecuador is devastated, and we all must come together and aid those affected by this tragedy. Ecuador needs all the help it can get, and I would encourage New Yorkers in general, and Queens residents in particular, to donate to UNICEF. As we continue to mourn the dead, the message is clear: Ecuador will never be alone,” said Senator Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who represents more than 46,000 Ecuadorians in his district. “We stand with Ecuador and its people as they recover from this natural disaster. In times of need, it is inspiring to see how New Yorkers come together to lend a hand. Our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters can count on us.”

“As we continue to pray for the people of Ecuador and all those impacted by this disaster, it’s heartening to see the overwhelming support from the Queens community to help Ecuadorians and Ecuadorian-Americans through this incredibly difficult time,” said Rep. Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “The road to recovery will be long and arduous but we will stand with the people of Ecuador every step of the way until they are back on their feet. I’m proud to join Senator Peralta and all of our local elected officials who played a part in organizing this special benefit concert to contribute to the critically important relief effort.”

“The loss of life, injuries and destruction caused by the earthquake in Ecuador is heartbreaking and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy,” said Rep. Meng (D-Queens), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The U.S. and international community should assist with needed relief efforts, and I thank State Senator Peralta, Queens community leaders and my colleagues in government for highlighting the need to help those who have been devastated by this disaster.”

“When tragedy strikes, we must come together as a community,” state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) said. “With at least 655 people killed and $3 billion in rebuilding costs on top of a shrinking economy, we cannot expect the Ecuadorians to do it alone. It is moving to see people all over the world coming together to help in any way they can and I am so proud of the Queens community and Senator Peralta for doing their part as well. I urge you all to be generous and keep the Ecuadorians in your thoughts and prayers.”

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Ecuador along with the Ecuadorian-American public in our communities,” said state Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “Let us stand together during this critical time and help those who need it the most.”

Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) said, “The tragic earthquake that struck Ecuador last week hit close to home for Queens, where we have a vibrant and thriving Ecuadorian community. Many of our friends and neighbors know someone affected by this terrible natural disaster, and so we as a community have come together, both to raise money for those affected and as a show of support for all Ecuadorians in Queens. I had the opportunity to visit Ecuador last year and experience both the hospitality of the people and the stunning beauty of the landscape. My heart goes out to the country Ecuador, to those who were affected, and my Ecuadorian friends and neighbors here in Queens. Together, we will make it through this difficult time.”

“In times of need, we all need to come together to lend a helping hand,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “My heart and soul ache for those in Ecuador who have suffered as a result of this natural disaster and for the families of so many New Yorkers who have family and friends who died or were injured or displaced. This event will be a great way to bring together the entire community and raise funds for those who have been impacted by this terrible disaster.”

“I stand in solidarity with the families whose lives have been impacted by the earthquake that struck Ecuador days ago,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst.) “It is our duty to help our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters in their time of need. I am proud to join Senator Peralta in raising funds for disaster relief, efforts which will save thousands of lives and rebuild the country’s infrastructure. I urge all New Yorkers to give generously and support this effort.”

“Thanks to the leadership of local elected officials and organizations, including Senator Peralta and Assemblyman Moya, Hispanic Federation is pleased to report that more than $10,000 was raised on one day to support the Unidos Por Ecuador/United For Ecuador,” stated Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation. “This demonstrates just how committed New Yorkers are to supporting their Ecuadorian sisters and brothers in need. We will continue to collect monetary donations via our website www.hispanicfederation.org/Support/Ecuador . All funds will be immediately transferred to UNICEF, which is on the ground in Ecuador.”

Pedro Zamora, President of La Boom, said, “As Ecuador suffers and mourns, I, alongside my staff, are glad to partner with Mexican Cultural Expressions National Society (MECENAS), El Mundo al Día, Gloria Productions, Inc., International Peruvian Festival, Cámara de Comercio de Mujeres de Queens (QWCC) and Club de Leones de Flushing. I would like to invite everyone to participate in the Queens for Ecuador to help the victims of earthquake that shook Ecuador.”

“The Latin-American community, elected officials and the local community have come together in solidarity with those affected in Ecuador, sending a united message that ‘help is on the way.’ We New Yorkers have many things to be proud of, but the top of the list is our ability to come together during times of need and crisis, and we shall not disappoint,” said Yonel Letellier Sosa, President of the Association of Latin American Leaders.

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