The March 2024 newsletter is here!
We are jumping into Spring as the days grow longer and our
7th Annual Walk approaches!

March 2024 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

We just announced a NEW venue for our
15th Annual Gala!

March 2024 Newsletter

15th Annual CRF Celebrity Gala
Tues, Nov. 12th, 2024 | 6-11PM
Cipriani, 55 Wall St, NYC

Discounted Early Bird Seats are available until Fri, April 19th.
Purchase your seats here.

Prepare for a memorable evening at our new gala event space, Cipriani Wall Street, NYC’s #1 rated venue.

This event unites celebrities, supporters of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, and D.I.P.G. warriors. It all begins at 6 p.m. with a red carpet reception. Your seats include hors d’oeuvres, a five-hour open bar, dinner, an award ceremony, and a moving video presentation. Additionally, there will be live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

March 2024 Newsletter

7th Annual CRF Full Steam Ahead 5K
Sat, June 19th, 2024 | 9AM
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY

Participate individually or as a team and join the fight against D.I.P.G.
Register today here.
Lace up your sneakers, and be a part of our collective effort to make a lasting impact in the fight against D.I.P.G.

100% of the funds raised in this event will go towards research, clinical trials, direct family support, and raising awareness. Through your support, we have donated over $3 million to research and clinical trials as well as direct support for D.I.P.G. warriors and their families.

March 2024 Newsletter

8th Annual CRF Flashback Boat Ride
Sat, July 13th, 2024 | 6:45PM
Pier 83 West 42nd St & Westside HWY

We have exciting new additions to the lineup! DJ Ted Smooth and NJ Che will be joining Freestyle Legend Coro and the Boss.
Discounted tickets are available until Mon, Apr 8th. Secure your spot here.

Join us for an unforgettable evening at our annual boat ride featuring live performances by Freestyle Legend Coro and Samy P El Conde and renowned DJs including The Remix King Ted Smooth, The Boss Frankie Cutlass, Big Paul, and Steelo. Hosting the night will be the Voice of NJ, Che. Don’t miss out on a night of entertainment and support for a meaningful cause!

2024 Awards

March 2024 Newsletter

GuideStar Award Winner

For the 7th consecutive year, CRF has been awarded the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. This award serves as a testament to our unwavering commitment to transparency in our efforts to defeat D.I.P.G. Thank you to our board members, donors, medical partners, and all of you for your support in our mission.

March 2024 Newsletter

Great Non-Profits Award Winner

For the 7th consecutive year, CRF has been awarded the 2024 Top-Rated Great Nonprofits Award from Great Nonprofits. This award underscores the positive impact we’ve made in our fight against D.I.P.G. We would like to thank all of you for your continued support. Together, we’re making a difference toward a brighter future free of D.I.P.G.

2024 Annual Raffle Project

March 2024 Newsletter

Last Chance to Get Involved In
Our Annual Raffle Project!

Raffles are available to purchase from now
until Wed, April 3rd, 2024 at 5pm. Purchase Raffles here.

Drawing is at 8PM. Winners will be posted on

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 .

March 2024 Newsletter

Warrior Updates

Maria Kuenster’s Recent Health Journey

March 2024 Newsletter

We have an important update regarding Maria Kuenster, one of our warriors. Despite Maria’s tumor only shrinking from treatment since she was diagnosed with D.I.P.G. in 2020, her latest MRI revealed significant tumor growth in new areas. She will be undergoing a biopsy and possible laser ablation. Please keep Maria and her family in your thoughts as she bravely continues her fight.

Jesselyn Silva’s Tumor Shrinks For First Time After 32 Weeks!

March 2024 Newsletter

After 32 months of fighting, including 7 surgeries and multiple treatments, there’s finally some good news in Jesselyn’s journey against D.M.G. For the first time, there’s been shrinkage within her tumor! Let’s celebrate this milestone and show Jesselyn our love and support as she continues her courageous battle.

D.I.P.G. Angels’ Birthdays

March 2024 Newsletter

D.I.P.G. Angels’ Anniversaries

March 2024 Newsletter

Board Member Updates

Gio Urshela Signing with the Detroit Tigers:

March 2024 Newsletter

We’re thrilled to announce that CRF Board Member, Gio Urshela, just signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Detroit Tigers!

Join us in congratulating Gio on this incredible achievement and wishing him all the best in this new chapter with the Tigers!

Edgar Berlanga Triumphs with a Knockout Victory Against Padraig McCrory:

March 2024 Newsletter

We would like to congratulate CRF board member, Edgar Berlanga as he successfully defended his undefeated WBO & NABO Super Middleweight Boxing Champion title in his fight against Padraig McCrory.

This triumph is a testament to his unwavering dedication and skill in the ring. Congratulations Edgar!

View the Highlights from the
6th Annual 5K

View the highlights from our
6th Annual Full Steam Ahead 5K

Highlights from the
7th Annual Flashback Boat Ride

View the highlights from our
7th Annual Flashback Boat Ride

Highlights from the
14th Annual Celebrity Gala:

14th Annual CRF Celebrity Gala

Work and Mission:

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,
Michael V. Narvaez, and Steve Cox

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

David Rodriguez, and Edward Caban


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