Concert for Katrina

first_img Maureen, a 10-year-old Latin singer, was added to the bill Wednesday. Comedian Sebastian Cetina and Rosie Gonzalez, a KXLA radio personality, are also appearing. Penelope Manchaca of Channel 22 will emcee the event. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA — When Rebecca Ortiz learned about the city’s plans for a family concert to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims, she immediately volunteered her folklorico group at Saint Mariana School. “I thought, we can’t physically drive over there to help these people who are suffering so much. So this is another way to make them happy,” she said. Ballet Serenata de Santa Mariana Folklorico group, which Ortiz helps organize, will be among the dozens of performers at Pico Rivera Cares this Sunday. All of the performers are donating their time to raise money for the victims. “It seemed like a good thing for us to do,” said Councilman Ron Beilke, who initiated the idea for the benefit concert after hearing about what other cities had been doing to help. “We are, after all, a city in a flood zone between two rivers. One day, we could be the ones asking for help,” he added. Among the local groups involved are the Pico Rivera Arts and Culture Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, El Rancho Unified School District, area churches and the Pico Rivera Boxing Club. “We have always been here to help out the community, and this time we wanted to help out the Katrina victims,” said Santiago Acuna, manager of El Rodeo Restaurant and Nightclub, which is hosting the event, donating food and providing two stages for performers. Bands scheduled to perform include Spice, a Latin contemporary band; Bomba Chante, a salsa band; Sueno Norteno, a norteno band, and The Sedillo Brothers, a salsa group.last_img

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