Receiving a $125 bill for a single meal at a restaurant may seem pricey.
But a $100 donation from each check will go a long way toward helping Puerto Rico families who have lost their homes and much more in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Benefits from a Thursday pop-up chefs’ fundraiser hosted by Ariccia Trattoria will go to the ¡ADELANTE! Initiative for Puerto Rico, according to a release from The Hotel at Auburn University. The fundraiser will take place inside Ariccia Trattoria 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and culinary dishes will be served at Chef Stations with chefs Brandon Burleson, Miguel Figueroa, Fernando Justiniano, Leo Maurelli and Fernando Justiniano. Desserts will be whipped up by Chef Mandy Figueroa.
The event will also feature Spanish songs sung by Noemí Oeding, an Auburn resident who is a classically trained Opera singer and has family in Puerto Rico, according to Todd Scholl, director of sales and marketing at The Hotel at Auburn University.
Each ticket costs $125 per person, which includes one dinner, two glasses of wine or beer, tax and gratuity. From each ticket sold, $100 will be sent to the ¡ADELANTE! Initiative, which was started by Ricardo Kury Calderon, a 15-year-old resident of Puerto Rico who was stirred to assist people in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria in September.
“Many Puerto Ricans have lost everything as a result of Hurricane María, and the island finds itself in one of its worst situations in history,” Ricardo said in a statement. “After personally seeing some of the most affected areas of the island, I, with the support of my fellow students from Baldwin School, have decided to start a project titled ‘¡ADELANTE!’ with the goal of aiding and providing victims of the Hurricane with basic necessities in several municipalities around the island, as citizens are in dire need of humanitarian help.”
Hans van der Reijden, managing director at The Hotel, is hopeful the event will ultimately be helpful for those in need.
“I was moved that this 15-year-old young man was inspired to help people thousands of miles away,” ven der Reijden said in a statement. “We’d like to do our part by hosting this event to raise funds that will have a significant impact on the lives of Puerto Ricans.”
Tickets can be purchased at https://tasteofpuertorico.eventbrite.com. Advanced ticket purchases are required due to limited seating. For those unable to attend, donations can still be made at https://tasteofpuertorico.eventbrite.com.