Recently, I wrote a post about Talento Bilingue de Houston (I even have a direct link to their fundraising site on the right side of the blog). Well, I mentioned their hard-working leader Javier Perez. Javier was recently hit by a car in downtown Houston, leaving him with various injuries, and along with that, some mounting hospital bills. Javier is recovering and will need added fixing up, so, his friends put on a fundraiser yesterday at Stephanie’s Ice House in the East End.
In fact, District I candidate Ben Mendez got all the friends, many from the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO), together to organize a BBQ plate sale (food by Mad Cow Cookers), which included live and DJ music, games for the kids, a raffle of some pretty cool stuff, and just some good ol’ camaraderie.
Much of the excitement came from the dunking booth where folks were lining up to dunk both Mendez and fellow District I candidate Robert Gallegos. And all of this was for a great cause–to give a little bit of help to a great family who have always been there for the community, Javier & Pat Perez and the kids.
I must give a shout-out to a band that is fast-becoming my favorite, Grupo Alianza. And not just because they gave me and DosCentavos a few shout-outs during their set. They put on a good show of original and cover material, and even caused this blogger to hit the dance floor for a polkita alegre (the bad knee is fine, thanks). If you need a band for your political fundraiser, quince, wedding, or whatever, give them a call at (832) 338-7981 or find them at Myspace.com/elgrupoalianza.
Mention should also go to DJ Robert Blanco, Tony and The Silverbacks, Conjunto Fuego, Fonseca Entertainment, and anyone else who took the stage after I departed.
I know Javier and Pat are very appreciative of the help and support the community has provided them. I know I wish I could have done more, except that my Mom was going through her own surgery and rehab during this time, too. I was proud to be out there yesterday, and looking at all the volunteers, there’s no doubt that this family is very much loved and appreciated.
I’m not sure if there is a link where the community can continue to contribute to this cause, but I’ll find out.