Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley Hosts Fundraising Concert for Clubs in Puerto Rico

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Gila River Branch – Komatke recently turned their celebration concert into a fundraising opportunity for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (BGCPR)! Since BGCPR was part of the devastation of Hurricane Maria, many organizations, including fellow Clubs such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, mobilized to help them get back to their full capacity!

On October 20, 2017 the Hip Hop Hundred Hundred was hosted at the Club. The concert was organized as a celebration of the 200th birthday for Baha’u’llah of the Baha’i faith. Youth development director Emiliano Morondos said, “The concert itself was a joyful occasion. We wanted to perform and hangout as a community while using the time spent to raise funds for a worthy cause.” The Club used hip hop as a way to honor Baha’u’llah, Native Lands and those who came before.

The staff of Komatke Boys & Girls Club organized the event as a celebration and involved the youth from both their Keystone Club and their Torch Leadership Club by having them emcee and work concessions. Andrew Kisto served as one of the opening acts for the hip hop concert. Kisto is a major part of the Torch Leadership Club at Komatke Boys & Girls Club as well as a Gila River tribal member. The night was followed with performances by Roses: Soul Siam, Shining Soul, Colby Jeffers, Jose Maria Fierro, Kishan the Educator, and Deeh Jai who are all hip hop artists based in the Phoenix area.

The event was opened up to all branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley as well as the surrounding communities. There were about 85 people who showed up for the concert and each one was encouraged to donate at least $5 to the cause. The youth from Komatke’s Keystone Club were able to take those donations to the Keystone state conference that was held in Prescott, AZ. At the conference donations from all Clubs were combined to be sent to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico for rebuilding purposes.

Congratulations to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley for taking the initiative to help those in need! Hopefully it will inspire youth from other Clubs to do the same.

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