Pinoy Relief concert for typhoon Haiyan survivors set

Pinoy Relief concert for typhoon Haiyan survivors set

Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Sanchez, Charice among performers at NYC benefit show

NEW YORK – The Pinoy Relief Fund, Live Nation and Alvarez & Marsal announced Tuesday  that they will host a Pinoy Relief benefit concert on March 11th 2014 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The all-star event will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Pentatonix, Plain White T’s, A Great Big World,  Jessica Sanchez, DJ Poet Name Life, and Charice as well as special guest participation by Dr. Mehmet Oz, APL.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, Dante Basco and EGOT award winning songwriter Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson Lopez. Tickets to the event are on sale now through www.livenation.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Pinoy Relief’s mission is to bring the global community of talented musicians, entertainers, corporates, and everyday people together to aid the victims of typhoon Haiyan. One hundred percent of the net profit from the benefit concert will be distributed to programs that benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan through the Pinoy Relief fund and go toward reaching the organization’s goal of $5 Million for Phillipines relief.

“The Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert presents an important opportunity for us to come together to provide significant support to those devastated communities in the Philippines as they confront staggering short- and long-term issues,” said Tony Alvarez, Co-Chair of Pinoy Relief and Co-CEO of Alvarez & Marsal. “The communities affected are desperate to get back to their normal lives and become self-sufficient again.  The funds raised will be instrumental in creating programs and grants to ensure that the victims of Haiyan receive housing, schooling, and get resources, like fishing boats, for their livelihood.  We are honored to have our performers and special guests help raise awareness for our cause.”

Created in 2013 in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines), Pinoy Relief was formed to generate awareness, raise funds and create sustainable recovery programs for the victims and communities affected by this devastating natural disaster.

“While the news of typhoon Yolanda has subsided, the need for aid to the victims remains acute. Many are still housed in refugee tents or makeshift tight quarters where their homes used to be. Many fishermen and farmers cannot engage their livelihoods. Many kids are going to school in tents or repaired schools. Pinoy Relief will focus on 3 key areas: semi-permanent housing, semi-permanent K-12 schools and boats for fishermen, “ Alvarez added.

The focus of Pinoy Relief is to bring the power of a global community – through aggregated resources, crisis expertise, and awareness – to help the masses in need at a local level. The organization aims to stabilize affected communities by providing resources, life necessities, temporary facilities and tools to farmers, fishermen, small businesses, teachers, doctors, individuals and families.

Pinoy Relief is dedicated to finding, funding, developing and monitoring programs in partnership with local and global NGO’s to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Host of the Dr. Oz Show, added “The victims of Typhoon Haiyan have a resiliency that is awe-inspiring.  We hope that this benefit will not only raise awareness to their spirit and will also reach our goal of $5 Million. The entire Pinoy Relief team believes that if we reach our goal, we will be able to make a real difference in the lives of those most severely affected by the Typhoon.”

The organization has put together a solid team to focus on one municipality of 55,000 people. This includes Habitat for Humanity, Operation Blessing, Philippine Business for Social Progress and local government officials. The group has just completed 2 pilots in 2 barangays – Pagnamitan and Taytay.

“The transformation that has occurred in such a short time is impressive – with new classrooms, new homes and new boats. The dignity and strength of the community throughout this rebuilding has truly been an inspiration,” Alvarez noted. “While Pinoy Relief was founded by Filipino-Americans, the response and positive encouragement from Filipinos and non-Filipinos around the world reenforces the oneness of all of us when others face disaster and hardship.”

The most up to date information on Pinoy Relief can be found at www.pinoyrelief.org.

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