By Debby Teich
Approximately six weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, many residents were still without power, food, medicine and other necessities. A group of musicians performed in Pembroke Pines in an effort to help raise money for the relief effort. The Viernes Social in Pembroke Pines – Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Concert was held at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, which seats approximately 2,600 people. All proceeds from the event benefited the AARP Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund to help the people on the island of Puerto Rico.
“It was a night to remember,” said Sylvia Rodriguez, who has many family members in Puerto Rico. “The music was incredible. There was so much energy in the room. We raised a lot of money. I feel blessed that I was a part of it.”
The evening started with a pre-event on the plaza, which included music. Guests brought goods to donate to the residents of Puerto Rico. Once inside, the featured musicians took the stage. They included Michael Stuart, Tito Puente, Jr., Nestor Torres, Carlos Oliva, the Bobby Rodriguez Band and many others.
“The people on the island have suffered so much,” said Julio Gonzalez, who has many family members in Puerto Rico. “We must do whatever we can to raise money to help them recover. I am grateful to the musicians for bringing us together to help raise funds.”