Recovery Fund

Hello all who are taking the time out to read this.

Our names are Gina and Sean, victims of theft, vandalism and attempted arson. 

Hurricane Irma has devastated many in an out of our communities. In so many different ways. From lost of entire homes, to lost of wages, crime and lost of life - the list does not end.

Getting the news that Irma was coming towards us was frightening. Like many in Miami we spent days scrambling and preparing for the potential Category 5 hurricane. Then ....not too long after we were advised to completely evacuate our home due to the zone we live in. Not feeling good about it, we picked up the few items what we could fit in the car, got our dogs ready and hoped for the best. 

Where we were unlucky is unfortunately a crime that many have suffered. In a time where you would think people would be doing the most to help each other and their neighbors ......instead individuals decided to do the opposite and break into our home. 

These criminals took advantage of the power being out in our neighborhood. Our alarm system and cameras were deactivated as a result and that was their chance. Somehow our front and back doors were unhinged (as you can see in the actual photo) and all of our windows were tampered with and broken to gain entry.  

We live on a first floor so it must have been easy to get what they wanted and get out. Not to mention, the neighborhood was pitch black since power was out for days so hiding must have also been easy.

The way in which our home was violated caused the type of damage we would have expected from Irma herself! The items that were left behind were treated as garbage, as was our home. Our clothes, books and personal belongings that were left behind were disrespected and vandalized.

After the damage was done to add to all of it gasoline was distributed throughout the property and torches were found  - authorities agree that these people were attempting to burn our home to the ground after leaving. A fire did start but thankfully didn't spread.

We of course filed a police report with MDPD who spent some time at our place dusting for fingerprints. We hope we get a hit on the prints but the likeliness of that is slim.

Aside from the obvious trauma of all of this, what really hurts is coming to the realization that the tools of our trades were taken from us. If you work with your hands then I’m sure you can relate to this type of devastation. Items that we were proud to work hard for to purchase and collect over time. These are the things we pack up every single day to get out into the field and make the money that allows us to move forward in our respective industries. 

If you don't know what we do and how we do it, I feel it necessary to briefly introduce ourselves and our roles in our fields: 

Sean Bang is a nightlife industry professional that has rolled up his sleeves and worked hard for the young creative community. He is an active art director and a DJ/host and dedicates his day to day to South Florida’s creative community. 

To list a few of the items that were taken from Sean: 

Approximate value of $4000+

-Macbook Pro
-Two Large Mackie Speakers
-32inch LG TV
-DJ turntables and mixer
-Equipment stand
-Personal clothing 

I'm an independent Aesthetic Professional. I’ve had the honor to grace many faces and educate hundreds on aesthetic enhancement and care. I'm a professional at preserving the health and beauty of skin and at aesthetically enhancing skin with the use of treatments and cosmetics. 

To list a few items taken from my kit valued at $2000+

-HP Laptop
-Facial Spa / Massage Chair
-Professional Makeup Brushes / Kits
-Professional Makeup Palettes / Cosmetic Products
-Assortment of Professional Grade Tools

Truthfully we are just skimming the surface. I really don't quite know how to express the disappointment, the anger and the displacement we both feel right now. We work really hard and take from no one so this truly hurts. Being the positive and progressive people we strive to be day in and day out, we don't want to focus on the negative from all of this. We just want to move past it and keep working hard toward our goals.

Unfortunately, FEMA isn't helping victims of crime and thefts as a result of natural disasters. So we aren't receiving help from them.

We need your help.

We know that we have a community and network of people that shows up for us and we are so grateful and love each and every one of you for your support in every endeavor and project that we take on. We are only blessed in the ways that we are today because of our amazing network and the many gifted individuals we keep around us. We are constantly inspired and energized by you and we know we can count on you.

We humbly ask that you help us pull together the funds needed to start to replace the tools we really need just to get us back to work and rebuild. 

We can’t thank you enough for your support and we are grateful for WHATEVER you can contribute. Every single bit will help us. Your support means everything right now.

Thank you friends.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Gina Martinez 
Miami, FL
Sean Prosper 
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