Marc Anthony & Me – Wow!

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

Dancing & Raising Funds for Catholic Charities

By Fanny Gomez
Catholic Charities NY Social Media Specialist

I grew up listening to Marc Anthony hits played on the radio, single after single, so I jumped at the chance when I was asked to volunteer to help raise funds for Catholic Charities NY at his concert this past Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

After all, Marc Anthony seemed to only make hits.  In fact, he’s the top selling salsa artist of all time. Volunteering not only gave me the opportunity to see him live but also to raise funds for Catholic Charities NY where I work to help children in need.

All told, 30 volunteers including 10 of us from Catholic Charities sold raffle tickets for $20 each to fans attending the concert. Those who bought tickets received backpacks or tote bags – and the raffle winner got to meet Marc backstage after the concert.

Proceeds were split between Catholic Charities of New York and the Maestro Cares Foundation that helps orphaned and disadvantaged children founded by Marc Anthony and music executive Henry Cardenas founded Maestro Cares in 2012. They were generous enough to share half their fundraising from the concert with us at Catholic Charities.

Raffle sales for the night started slow. I walked around trying to get concert goers to enter for a chance to meet Marc. Some were very enthusiastic and others, like most, just wanted to get to their seat and not miss any part of the show. I sold 9 tickets, which is average for a volunteer. The winner was sent a text message during the show with instructions on the meet and greet.

We volunteers got to watch this sold-out concert after the raffle ended. Because we were sitting to the left of the stage, we had a great view of the immense crowd. From where we were sitting, we had a glimpse of what it’s like to perform for a sold-out venue at Madison Square Garden.

It was great to be part of this project and raise money for New Yorkers in need and orphaned children in Latin America.