TOCA COLOMBIA: The Colombian Youth Philharmonic at the New World Center For...

TOCA COLOMBIA: The Colombian Youth Philharmonic at the New World Center For a One-Night Only Benefit Concert

Hosted by the Genesis Foundation and Fundacion Bolivar Davivienda


MIAMI, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — TOCA COLOMBIA is a one-night only charity concert sure to entertain and delight South Florida with an unforgettable musical extravaganza presented by the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, comprised of Colombian youth (16 to 24 years old) that come from different social backgrounds. Under the direction of acclaimed maestro Matthew Hazelwood, the benefit concert will take place Friday, September 28 at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

TOCA COLOMBIA, spearheaded by Genesis Foundation and Fundacion Bolivar Davivienda, is a philanthropic event whose goal is to raise funds for educational projects to benefit underserved children and youth in Colombia. TOCA COLOMBIA invites you to take part in this unique opportunity to contribute to the development of a brighter future and better country.

“We are certain the audience will not only be delighted with the extraordinary musical repertoire interpreted by the Colombian Youth Philharmonic, but will also hear the calling from our organizations to support educational and cultural programs that benefit the children and youth of our country,” assured Fernando Cortes McAllister, President of Fundacion Bolivar Davivienda.

All proceeds of TOCA COLOMBIA ( will directly benefit the social and cultural development programs that both foundations support in Colombia. Fundacion Bolivar Davivienda has earmarked those funds for the expansion of social projects that Grupo Bolivar supports across the country. Genesis Foundation has allocated the funds raised during the event for the continuation of “First Learning Steps” (My First Learning Steps), a comprehensive early childhood education program for low-income urban and rural areas in Colombia. The project currently benefits 1,540 children between the ages of 2 and 5 in municipalities throughout the Magdalena and Narino Departments (States).

“First Learning Steps” strengthens the development of the participating children, their families and communities, thanks to sound pedagogical and psycho-social strategies and cooperation with the state to develop benchmarks,” explained Carolina Esquenazi-Shaio, President of the Board of Director of the Genesis Foundation.

About Fundacion Bolivar Davivienda

Fundacion Bolivar Davivienda is a corporate foundation created to promote and develop projects that contribute to the social development of the communities where Grupo Bolivar has a presence, in conjunction with the corporate social responsibility strategies the company implements. The Foundation seeks to promote the welfare of future generations by strengthening social projects, defining and executing plans, developing joint projects and supporting social causes. Some of its projects include: The Colombian Youth Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Journalism Awards, High Impact Entrepreneurship and Technical Assistance Program, Training and Management Program for Non-Profit Organizations and Yoga for Reconciliation, among others.

About Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation is a dynamic, driven and proactive not-for-profit institution based in the U.S. dedicated to transforming the way Colombian children learn. Established over a decade ago, Genesis Foundation draws from a unique network of benefactors in the United States, Colombia and beyond to support programs designed to deliver quality education to underserved Colombian children, allowing them the opportunity to more fully develop the tools, knowledge and training necessary for success, contributing to a more just and equal society. The mission of the Genesis Foundation revolves around the universally acknowledged truth that education stands alone as one of the most impactful forms of support that can be provided to a child in need, with returns that resonate immediately in their life and the life of their family, as well as far into the future of their society at large.

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SOURCE Genesis Foundation

TOCA COLOMBIA: The Colombian Youth Philharmonic at the New World Center For a One-Night Only Benefit Concert