Legendary concert promoter Vito Bruno recently sent the Cristian Rivera Foundation a check for $6,000 from the proceeds of the 25th Anniversary of Freestyle concert, held at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Saturday November 6th. Bruno produced the show, which featured freestyle artists like George Lamond, Lisa Lisa, Stevie B., Judy Torres, Cover Girls, Coro, Susie Q and Noel. This was the largest single donation the foundation received to date. “The Cristian Rivera Foundation is a great charity,” said Bruno. “We can’t reunite John with his son but we can help other parents not lose their children. The worst thing in the world is for a parent to lose a child. Pontine Glioma needs to be dealt with, researched, cured and controlled. We’ll gladly help because it’s an important foundation for an important cause.”
The Cristian Rivera Foundation had a presence at this year’s New York City Marathon thanks to the dedication of Kimberly Colon-Moller. This was Kimberly’s fifth time running the marathon and this year, she decided to use the event to raise awareness about Pontine Glioma. As she ran through all five boroughs of New York City, Kimberly not only wore her Cristian Rivera Foundation signature blue wristband but also a picture of Cristian. “I wear my bracelet everyday,” she explained, “and I thought wearing his picture might make more people curious about the foundation and hopefully contribute to the cause.” Kimberly’s assumption proved to be correct as “many people asked who he was and I explained that he was the son of a longtime friend who passed away from this terrible disease and that a foundation has been established in his memory,” she continued. “I also provided the website for more info and if they wanted to donate.” Kimberly completed the marathon in 5 hours 22 minutes and 4 seconds, and Cristian was with her every step of the way
Tuesday, October 19th at Quo in New York City will be the 2nd Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Gala. Join us to celebrate the life of Cristian Rivera. Your attendance will mean the world to the Cristian Rivera Foundation and will help save the lives of children suffering from Pontine Glioma.
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Patricia Field—the award-winning costume designer for Sex and the City, Ugly Betty and The Devil Wears Prada—held a fashion event this week at New York City’s Rooftop, located at 230 Fifth Avenue. The fashionable Ms. Field made the Cristian Rivera Foundation wristband an integral part of her ensemble. She’s pictured here with global singing star Anane and Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera. Field dressed Anane and her husband, celebrity DJ/producer and Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Little Louie Vega, who DJ’d the event. The two of them also wore their Cristian Rivera Foundation wristbands all night long.