In celebration of this year’s Puerto Rican festivities, Sunflower Philly presents Puerto Rico: The Giveback, a fundraiser to provide education to the underserved areas of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.
This family-friendly event, hosted by community leader artist and Puerto Rican native Christian Alexis Rodriguez-Pagan aka TAMEARTZ, will commence with live music performances, traditional Puerto Rican cuisine and games as well as live painting of Sunflower Philly’s park walls by artists from all over the world. At 6:00pm, the event transitions to Latin Night featuring poetry reading, salsa and dancing.
Over 400 schools have closed across Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. Rural areas, like Christian’s hometowns of Mayagüez and Añasco, are often overlooked following natural disasters and struggle to receive and establish basic human services. Money raised from Puerto Rico: The Giveback will be used to create sustainable education programs and computer labs for community centers in areas that have not received relief.
Understanding the magnitude of the project, Christian is working with local philanthropists Victor & Madeline Neris Negron, musician Asher Roth, and community sponsor Chadwick Smith of Flow Development & Technology to raise public awareness.