Big props to MANA & Alejandro Fernandez for donating money from this Weekend’s concert — to the Farmworker Victims of Pajaro Valley [Santa Cruz farm areas].
Another reason to see their Bay Area shows!
See more ways to donate below!
Attention remained focused on the massively flooded farming community of Pajaro in unincorporated Monterey County near Santa Cruz County as a second atmospheric river moved through the Bay Area on Tuesday, bringing more heavy rains and wind.
A breach in a levy caused the flooding and has left thousands of people displaced and without work.
Many of the affected residents are farmworkers who pick strawberries in fields that are now under water.
About donation concerts:
Mexican pop stars join forces in support of Pajaro Valley relief efforts.
Mana, Alejandro Fernandez are donating money from their San Jose and Oakland shows.
Both Mexican bands will be donating a portion of their upcoming Bay Area shows to Community Bridges, a Santa Cruz County nonprofit established in 1977 that works to provide food, healthcare and other areas of support to local families.
“At the heart of Mana is the belief that our music can be a vehicle for social good,” the band’s lead vocalist Fher Olvera said in a press release that makes note of the thousands of Latino farmworkers who live in Pajaro Valley. “When we heard about the devastating storms and saw our people in Pajaro suffering, we knew we had to help. We encourage our fans to help in any way they can.”
Fans can help out buying tickets to see the Mana concert on March 17 at the SAP Center in San Jose and Oakland Arena on March 18, as well as Fernandez’s show on Sept. 9 at SAP Center.
The artists are also encouraging their fans and other concerned individuals to make donations via communitybridges.org/donate.
“My heart breaks thinking of the people of Pajaro who are displaced by these storms,” says Fernández. “I’m honored that my music and concerts can be a catalyst to bring comfort and aid to this hardworking Latino community and I hope others will join us in helping too.”
“It means so much to the families of Pajaro to have the support of Alejandro Fernández and Mana, artists whose music they enjoy in their everyday lives,” says Luis Alejo, Chair of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. “The community is hurting right now as a result of these devastating floods and the damage is extensive.
“Through these efforts, Pajaro and its residents will rise after the flood waters recede.”
Bay Area shows:
Showtime for the Mana show in San Jose is 8:30 p.m. and tickets start at $75. The band’s Oakland gig has an 8 p.m. showtime and ducats begin at $115. Fernandez tickets start at $25. For more information or to purchase tickets for all three shows, visit ticketmaster.com.
Mana and Fernandez will also be dedicating their Bay Area shows to “Latinos impacted by the California storms,” according to the news release. source: Mercury news.
More ways to donate!
—The Community Foundation for Monterey County has established a “Storm Relief Fund.” Donations will provide emergency assistance and relief through nonprofit organizations such as food, shelter and financial assistance. Donations also help support first-responders and other recovery efforts and are tax-deductible.
—The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County also is accepting donations for victims of the flood.
—Financial donations that will go directly to the farmworkers can be sent via a donations page to the Center for Farmworker Families.
—A GoFundMe page to provide direct aid to the community was seeking $200,000 in donations. It had reached nearly $9,000 by 9 a.m. Tuesday.
—Second Harvest Food Bank at 800 Ohlone Pkwy was seeking volunteers to help with food sorting. People were asked to sign up first, using this link.
— Feminine hygiene products, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, bath towels, new socks and underwear are among the items badly needed. Those in need of help also are in low supply of bottled water, arts and crafts for kids and gently used clothing. Food donations are asked to be pre-packaged and non-perishable.