Miami We Stand Together! We Are United For Salgar!

Miami We Stand Together! We Are United For Salgar!

Join the Wake Up & Arise Foundation, former president of Colombia and current Colombian Senator Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez, along with Senators and Congressional Representatives of the United States, and Singer/Songwriter, Jorge Villamizar, for a fundraising dinner to help the victims of the tragedy in Salgar.


MIAMI, Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — We invite the Hispanic community, especially Colombians who reside in South Florida, to join us for “United for Salgar” hosted by the Wake Up & Arise Foundation, which seeks to raise funds for the victims of the tragic landslide in Salgar. This past May 18, a small community of farmers in the in the municipality of Salgar, in the southeastern region of the Department of Antioquia in Colombia, fell victim to the devastating force of nature. A rainstorm that began in the early hours of the morning ended in a landslide in the La Margarita village, where La Liboriana creek overflowed, causing landslides.  The disaster left more than 100 dead, dozens injured and missing, and hundreds homeless.

Patricia Gómez, Founder and Executive Director of Wake up & Arise, based in South Florida, traveled to Salgar and ascertained the terrible conditions in which these families are living.  Because of this, together with the former President who grew up in this region, she is calling on the residents of South Florida for solidarity, to pool their efforts and help with donations to build 30 houses in the village of La Margarita. These houses, in addition to providing shelter, will be built to rural specifications, offering economic sustainability to these families who have lost everything. 

The fundraising dinner will take place next Friday, November 6 at La Scala in Miami, 905 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, FL. 33131, starting at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with red carpet entrances, appetizers and a silent auction to raise more money for the victims. For the auction, we are pleased to have the support of Silvia Tcherassi, Camilo Villegas, Ángel Yánez, jeweler Renatta Velasquez, artist Michelle Betancourt, El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos, La Fontana Ristorante Italiano, Pueblito Viejo II and many more.

The evening will continue with opening remarks by Colombian journalist Eucario Bermúdez, who will introduce the Masters of Ceremonies, Mr. Jaime Flórez, Director of Communications for the Department of Professional and Business Regulations of the State of Florida, as well as Journalist for Radio Caracol Miami, Yoli Cuello, who will be in charge of conducting the evening’s events. 

The second part of the event will proceed with a dinner and a video prepared by the Foundation, which explains and recounts the tragedy experienced by the residents of Salgar as a result of the landslide. Former President and Senator of Colombia, Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez, will be the host for the evening, and as Principal Speaker, will tell the guests about the “La Margarita” Village project, progress made and the need to support this cause.

The evening will continue with a big party, including a mini-concert by Colombian singer/songwriter, Jorge Villamizar, accompanied by the Manolo Puerto Orchestra.

Tickets are $120 per person.  For more information, please get in touch with 305.333.7353 or

We would like to thank the following sponsors: Bolivar Resto/ Lounge South Beach, Corporation Encuentro de Dirigentes del Suroeste Antioqueño, CTU Security Technology, Doral News. El Colusa, La Fontana Ristorante Italiano. Mekatos, Rumbera network 105.5 Fm, Rumbera network TV 83, TAS Taxes & Accounting Solution Corp and Wake-up Counseling Services Inc.


Wake Up & Arise is a non-profit foundation that began in South Florida in 2004. Its mission is to work toward building a healthy community together with families by providing them the tools to change the internal structure of the family in society. Wake Up & Arise also works to facilitate the fundraising for disaster victims in need of help. Wake Up & Arise is located at 8245 NW 36 Street, Unit 3, Doral, FL. 33166, T: 305 359. 3347.

Miami We Stand Together! We Are United For Salgar!