The Ricky Martin Foundation Pavilion returns to Plaza las Américas
“El Poder de Nuestra Gente”, is the title that inspired the Ricky Martin Foundation’s team this year, chaired by the international superstar himself, for its sixth Pavilion in Plaza Las Américas.
Highlighting images of our island’s optimism, courage and solidarity after the devastating aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María, the exhibition conceptualized by the creative director Luis Pérez of the firm Ideático in collaboration with InPulse Media and the Foundation will remain open until February 28 from 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sunday. The Pavilion is located on the second floor of the premier commercial shopping center in front of JCPenney.
The public will discover an educational and reflective space on what happened in Puerto Rico. At the same time, they will discover hope for where RMF is headed and the relief efforts made for the recovery of our Country. Ricky Martin, who has visited the island on several occasions after the passage of Hurricane María, through a press release, invited the country to visit the Pavilion to continue empowering our spirit and helping the reconstruction of Puerto Rico.
“Today we honor our fighting spirit in the face of nature’s devastation and we remember that after natural disasters, minors are more vulnerable to human trafficking. Now more than ever we will continue to prevent this crime through education. And of course, we will continue to help rebuild my Island and strengthen the power of our people, “Martin said.
In its short term plan, the Foundation has led community relief efforts with allies and has managed to help over 150,000 families in various towns on the island. It has also managed to bring over 300,000 pounds of essential aid to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. They have also delivered medicine, solar panel suitcases and solar battery equipment to health clinics and community spaces where the electricity has not yet arrived.
Bibiana Ferraiuoli, RMF’s executive director, said that “the images compiled in this Pavilion outline our social action plan, and inspire us for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. The strength of our social work emanates from the power of our people. Both the Board and staff thank hundreds of volunteers, Puerto Rican in the diaspora, university students, the global community, private foundations, non-profit organizations and corporate friends who have accompanied us in our mission. Protecting and empowering vulnerable populations is vital. By creating awareness, we create hope.”
She also spoke of Ricky Martin Foundation’s long-term plan where once again they are allying themselves with organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. In the same way that was done in Thailand after the tsunami; for Puerto Rico, they will be rehabilitating homes and building new ones in Loíza. A work carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Loíza, Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, global entities, social investors, university students, among others.
“The Ricky Martin Foundation has been a very important part of our recovery in Loíza and is a magnificent example of solidarity and very efficient action done by nonprofit organizations. I want to refer specifically to the work component of Centro Tau, which has always had its doors open to help and above all to plan for the future of our communities, “Julia M. Nazario Fuentes, Mayor of Loíza.
For his part, Kurt A. Schindler, Chairman of the Board of Directors, emphasized his “gratitude towards the social investors who for six consecutive years make our Pavilion a reality, where we have received over 350,000 people. Likewise, I thank the volunteers for always being supportive in difficult times. Special thanks to Plaza Las Américas for giving us this space again to solidify our mission.”
RMF’s Board of Directors and team recognized the contribution of Plaza Las Américas as the host sponsor of the Pavilion. Followed by Hyatt; Starbucks Puerto Rico; AT&T; Universal; Cervecera de Puerto Rico; Ranger American; Ferraiuoli LLC; Ferramar; GFR Media; Telemundo; SBS; Tactical Media Group; Lamar; Bmedia Group; Business Computer; Morell, Bauza, Cartagena y Dapena LLC; McConnel Valdés LLC; Inpulse Media; Perfect Partners; Ideático Group and Ricky Martin Enterprises.
Mazda CX3 Sport Raffle 2018: At the Pavilion, we will be selling raffle tickets for a Mazda CX3 Sport to be drawn on February 28th. We will be exhibiting the vehicle on the first floor. With a $1 donation, you have the power to strengthen our cause.
Workshops and Volunteer Orientations from December 19 to 27: In the Pavilion we will be offering various talks and workshops related to the issue of human trafficking and the recovery of our country by some of our allies.
Tuesday, December 19 @ 6:30pm Orientation to Pavilion Volunteers
Wednesday, December 20 @ 5pm “CPR Hands Only” with Mr. Eduardo Lamadrid, of the American Heart Association
Friday, December 22 @ 4:00pm The Teachings of Mary & Resilience by Professor Elio Martínez Joffre and Alitza Cardona, Artist & Community Historian.
Friday, December 22 @ 6:30pm Orientation to Pavilion Volunteers
Wednesday, December 27 @ 6:30pm Educational Conference “Human Trafficking 101”