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Melissa Otero - Puerto Rico Rising Benefit Concert

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Outer Edge Stage

West Franklin Street

Appleton, WI 54911

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Recording artist Melissa Otero returns to the Outer Edge Stage after almost four years with a benefit concert to continue her relief efforts in Yauco, Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.

The objective is to aid the 25 families (Around 75 people) in the Luquetti housing complex in Yauco, Puerto Rico – a rural area in southwest Puerto Rico especially hard hit by Hurricane Maria. Due to its remote location from San Juan, it is taking even longer than normal for basic services to be restored. Meanwhile, with limited resources; including now potable water and food; the situation is actually becoming more dire as time goes on. People in these areas cannot get to the larger communities such as San Juan or even closer urban areas, such as the nearby city, Ponce, as their resources are limited, and they need to conserve what little they have left in case of emergency. What relief has arrived, though well-intentioned, is often in the form of food which is ultimately unusable - because many natural water sources have tainted, so any food requiring water can’t be cooked (spaghetti or other wheat-based foods for example) or they are given simply snacks such as potato chips and a bottle of water once a week by the National Guard.

With this benefit concert we hope to bring more supplies that are immediately usable and can help ease the burden for a few weeks as more long-term relief efforts continue to take shape. Not only will this include food, but basic power sources (solar powered lanterns and phone charges) to allow for communication and other basic needs while power is being restored.

The supplies will be picked up in several points along the way as not everything will be available in the same location – some will be bought on amazon and shipped, a van will be rented in San Juan where some items will be picked up, others in Ponce, and some actually will be able to be delivered directly to Yauco where another member of the team will be able to receive them safely. We will assemble the boxes at a home in Yauco and distribute to families in these hard-hit communities in the following days.

We invite you to view the two documentaries released thus far. The first one is Melissa's personal experience with her family during the hurricane and immediate aftermath, the second is her first relief trip bringing supplies to the south-west part of the island. Lastly you may view a photo album of what the community looked like during the hurricane and its devastation.




We hope you'll join us on this special night to help these families in need. Sponsored by Outer Edge Stage. To listen to Melissa's music, visit www.melissaotero.com, iTunes, Spotify or YouTube.

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