January 2024 Newsletter “A look back at 2023 and an exciting peek into 2024.”

January 2024 Newsletter


Taking a look back at a few of the things you helped us accomplish.
Full Steam Ahead!

January 2024 Newsletter

Iconic red carpet interviewer AJ Calloway, Major League Baseball star Gio Urshela, and WBO NABO super-middleweight boxing champion Edgar Berlanga became board members
January 2024 Newsletter

MLB stars Harrison Bader and Oswaldo Cabrera, along with Mets legend Doc Gooden, represented CRF at BTIG Charity Day on May 2nd. Our warrior Jesselyn “Jesszilla” Silva was the biggest star
January 2024 Newsletter

CRF board member and actor Kenan Thompson represented us at the Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day on Sept 11th
January 2024 Newsletter

For the 3rd year in a row, on Dec 12th we made a record-breaking donation – over $350,000 to our medical partner Dr. Mark Souweidane
January 2024 Newsletter

After we gave Dr. Oren Becher his 2023 year end annual research check, we reached a milestone of over $500,000 donated in 2023
January 2024 Newsletter
Our D.I.P.G. warriors Maria Kuenster, Emiliano Bermejo, and Lisha Ayala all showed decreasing or stable tumor growth after their MRIs.



Thank you for joining us at our successful events throughout 2023.

5K Walk

The 6th Annual CRF 5K was a success.

Boat Ride

The 7th Annual CRF Boat Ride sold out for the 6th year in a row.

14th Annual CRF Celebrity Gala

View the highlights above from our 14th Annual Celebrity Gala.

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Our 14th Annual CRF Celebrity Gala sold out for the 12th year in a row. Celebrity guests included actors Kenan Thompson, Luis Guzman, Malik Yoba, Chazz Palminteri, and Luna Velez, Major League Baseball stars Harrison Bader and Gio Urshela, Super Middleweight Boxing Champion Edgar Berlanga and more.



January 2024 Newsletter

We were featured in a special edition newsletter from Weill Cornell Medicine

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January 2024 Newsletter

Richard Rubenstein Public Relations, is CRF’s new public relations firm. They have directed some of the highest profile PR campaigns in the world, including for Ferrari, the Time Warner Center, and the Miss Universe Organization

January 2024 Newsletter

CRF was shouted out in Page Six of the NY Post after a dinner at Rao’s with actors Kenan Thompson and Bo Dietl, CRF medical partner Dr. Mark Souweidane, and founder John “Gungie” Rivera



January 2024 Newsletter

Discounted Early Bird Seats are available for the 15th Annual CRF Celebrity Gala on Wed, Nov 13, 2024 at Capitale in NYC. Purchase your seats before prices up on March 15th!




January 2024 Newsletter

Get involved in CRF’s 2024 raffle project!

To purchase raffle tickets, follow this link.

To support CRF by selling raffle tickets, follow this link.

Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Place- 2 Premium Tickets to a NY Yankee Game (2024 Season)
  • 2nd Place- Apple iPad
  • 3rd Place- $200 Dinner Gift Card to Giacomo & Gennaro’s Patricia’s of Tremont

Raffles available to purchase from now until Wed. April 3rd at 5pm and Drawing Wed. April 3rd and winners posted on cristianriverafoundation.org at 8pm.


January 2024 Newsletter

Keep an eye out as the date for our 7th Annual CRF 5K will be announced soon

January 2024 Newsletter

Discounted tickets are now available for our 8th Annual Boat Ride on
Sat July 13th




In 2024, we will:

January 2024 Newsletter

Reach record-breaking donations to Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Oren Becher for another consecutive year.

January 2024 Newsletter

Provide financial support to more families than ever before while increasing the amount of D.I.P.G. warriors we assist in receiving treatment.

January 2024 Newsletter

Spread D.I.P.G. awareness to more people than ever before.


Remembering Cristian

January 2024 Newsletter

Jan 21st marked 17 years since Cristian was diagnosed with D.I.P.G., and Jan 25th marked 15 years since Cristian passed away. We remember him, hold him in our hearts, and recognize the 15 years that he has inspired us to push for a cure.



January 2023 Newsletter

Mark Rosner
January 15th

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Rena Kliot
January 16th

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Paul Pristavec
January 21st



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View our 2023/24 work/mission video below

Our Mission

Cristian Rivera Foundation

John “Gungie” Rivera

Chairman of the Board:
Melinda Colon Cox

Board of Director:
Darlene Rodriguez

Executive Board Member:
Rena Kliot

Committee Members:
AJ Calloway, Aldo Marin, Carlos Colon,
Edgar Berlanga, Fernando Ferrer, Gio Urshela,
Jarrad Seuferling, Kenan Thompson, Luis Guzman,
Meiling Macias Toro, Paul Pristavec,
and Rafael Toro

Committee Friends:
Maggie Meehan, Mark Rosner
and Michael V. Narvaez

Honorary Committee Members:
The Late Anthony Mason
and The Late Miriam Colon

Alex Garcia, David Rodriguez,
Edward Caban and Steve Cox


2018, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Awarded 6 Consecutive Years

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2018, 19, 20, 21, 22,
23, 24
Awarded 7 Consecutive Years

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Our mailing address is:
Cristian Rivera Foundation PO Box 656. Edgewater, NJ 07020

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