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.