The National Coalition of Latino Officers Foundation New York and New Jersey Invite you to Their Fundraiser and Awards Dinner
Friday June 10, 2016



The National Coalition of Latino Officers Foundation
New York and New Jersey
Invite you to Their
Fundraiser and Awards Dinner

two of the honorees this evening will be
Cristian Rivera Foundation Board of Director
Darlene Rodriguez
Anchor of the award winning NBC’s “Today In New York”
Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Friend
Eddie Caban
Inspector, New York City Police Department

Friday June 10, 2016
7pm to 11pm

Fiesta Banquets
255 State Highway 17 South
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075

Tickets $110 p/p Three Course Dinner and Open Bar all night
Please reserve your table early to purchase your ticket please contact:
Tel: (800) 982-6256
or visit

Raising Hope and Awareness in Hoboken

Some say the best is often brought to fight in the face of human tragedy. That couldn’t be more true for the friends and family of the Cristian Rivera Foundation (CRF). Wednesday night, guests packed Zylo, the steakhouse located in the W-Hoboken, for a cancer fundraiser. CRF Committee member and host Andy Epstein organized the event with the help of Zylo’s Manager Kevin Hayes.

But the real human face of this disease is Cristian Rivera, the child of John and Jenelle, who lost the battle with cancer. Throughout the dining room were posters of Cristian, which served as a reminder to attendees of why the foundation was started.

Over 55k was raised at the event – with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the charity. Several celebrities came out to show their support and many items for the live auction were also donated including a signed chef’s jacket by the Cake Boss, and an autographed jersey by NJ Devils Captain Zach Parise, among others.

Article by:
Diana Schwaeble
Photos by:
Krista Kelly

Actor Luis Guzman Spotted Wearing
Wooden Cristian Rivera Foundation Wristband
at Chicago Fundraiser Event


Famed actor Luis Guzman, who was recently seen in the hit film Journey 2 Mysterious Island, brought his support of the Cristian Rivera Foundation all the way to Chicago, where he was participating in the Marc Anthony and Henry Cardenas Maestro Cares fundraising event. A proud Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member, Guzman was seen wearing the foundation´s wooden beaded wristband with a charm in the shape of the Cristian Rivera Foundation´s train logo. These bracelets were inspired by Cristian´s Mommy Jenelle Asencio and made their debut at the third annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Gala.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation Raises $55,000
for DIPG Research at Zylo Fundraiser


Philanthropists, celebrity guests and more came together in support of the Cristian Rivera Foundation last night for the foundation’s first-ever New Jersey fundraiser at Zylo Tuscan Steak House in Hoboken. All proceeds from the event went towards the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s goal of curing rare, inoperable pediatric brain stem tumor Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Andy Epstein and Zylo manager Kevin Hayes organized the event, which featured entertainment from Sinatra Idol winner Eric DeLauro ( and hot new singing sensations Tyler Reid and Stevie G ( Guests also enjoyed three hours of passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as specialty cocktails from Stoli Vodka and first-class tastings provided by Artesa Winery and Macallan Scotch.

Many esteemed and noteworthy guests were on hand at the sold-out event, including Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and Saturday Night Live Star and Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Kenan Thompson. Some of Thompson’s fellow Committee Members who attended the event included actress and founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Miriam Colon, founder and CEO of AM PM Entertainment Concepts Vito Bruno, Information Technology manager Steve Cox, founder of Bronx Base Builders William Padilla, interior decorator Solange Osorio, concert impresario Ralph Mercado, businessman Elis Pacheco, and Celebrity Chefs Alex Garcia and Ricardo Cardona.

Fresh off the Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey Devils Captain Zach Parise made a surprise appearance to auction off an autographed hockey stick and jersey, as well as once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities with guests. The auction also included rare autographed items from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and home-catered meals provided by Chefs Garcia and Cardona, among other items.

In all, the Cristian Rivera Foundation raised $55,000 to help fund the groundbreaking clinical trials led by Dr. Mark Souweidane at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Souweidane operated on the first patient in his trial—a beautiful 4-year-old girl—on May 1, 2012, the first day of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Dr. Jeff Greenfield, who works alongside Dr. Souweidane in his quest to cure DIPG, attended the event and gladly accepted the $55,000 check from Epstein, Hayes and Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera.

Since October of 2010, the Cristian Rivera Foundation has donated more than $200,000 to Dr. Souweidane’s pioneering research.

For more information on the Cristian Rivera Foundation, please visit

Cristian Rivera Foundation Mini Fundraiser a Success!


3841 East Tremont Ave in the Bronx was jam-packed last night with supporters of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Committee Members Robert Vazquez and DJ Lucho sponsored the event. Committee members Steve Cox, Fulvia Lora, and Solange Osorio were on hand to help produce the event. Committee member and La Mega 97.9’s DJ Wreck killed it on the one’s and two’s with hits that made the crowd wave into sync, followed by Committee Member DJ Tedsmooth who kept the crowd rockin’. Dozens of signature blue Cristian Rivera Foundation wristbands were spotted on the dance floor showing a promising future for the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s mission to spread awareness. Thanks to support like the one shown last night, the hope that no more families will have to suffer through this deteriorating disease is becoming more and more concrete. Full Steam Ahead.

The Cristian Rivera Foundation Holds Successful Salsa Fundraiser at LQ


The Cristian Rivera Foundation packed Manhattan hotspot LQ with its successful Salsa Fundraiser on Wednesday June 29. Hosted by La Mega 97.9 FM’s JI Starr, the event was a big hit with guests who were entertained by Committee Member Jose Alberto “El Canario” and his Orchestra, who performed two sets. The Cristian Rivera Foundation’s Salsa Fundraiser raised plenty of awareness of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, the rare pediatric brainstem tumor that took the life of Cristian Rivera when he was only six years old. The Foundation was also able to raise some money that will go towards promising research into curing the disease, which affects 200-300 children in the U.S. each year. The crowd was excited not only to experience all the great performances that night, but also to help such an important and worthwhile cause. Among those who came out to support the foundation were Committee Members celebrity chef Ricardo Cardona, real estate agent Fulvia Lora, co-founder of independent record label Cutting Records Aldo Marin, designers Joseph Mbeh and Ray Wong, “The Remix King” DJ Tedsmooth, Red Entertainment Group Founder Carlos Keyes, Dr. Ben Velasquez, event promoter Jerry Chaparro, Latin Kitchen co-owner Robert Vazquez, “Las Gemelas Lulu y Lala” of X96’s Luis Jimenez Show, founder of Pay Up Management Elis Pacheco, businessman Jeff Lavino and legendary music producer John “Jelly Bean” Benitez.

Latin Kitchen Holds Successful Mini-Fundraiser
for the Cristian Rivera Foundation



Bronx restaurant Latin Kitchen was the site of the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s most recent mini-fundraiser event on July 29. The restaurant, located at 3841 East Tremont Avenue, becomes a lounge every Thursday night and on this particular Thursday, everyone who came after 10pm paid a $10 donation and received one of the Cristian Rivera Foundation’s signature blue wristbands. Latin Kitchen’s DJ Lucho Concepcion and Robert Vasquez organized the event, which featured music from resident DJ Victor Vargas, as well as Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member DJ Tedsmooth. Committee Members Kenya Bradix, Solange Osorio and Steve Cox were all there to support the cause. Lots of John “Gungie” Rivera’s friends, as well as friends of the Cristian Rivera Foundation came out and everyone had a great time.