Musicans singing and playing musical instruments.

On May 12, the extended Hostos family came together as “Hostos Helping” and threw a wildly successful benefit concert that was the highlight of a campus-wide fundraising event.

The “Hope for Ecuador Concert” was held in the main theater and featured some of the leading Ecuadorian musicians based in the U.S., including the folkloric ensemble Roberto Cachimuel and Grupo Yarina, folkloric group Ayazamana, pop artist Luis Terreros, high-energy Afro-Ecuadorian fusion group Chota Madre, Multikulti, Damian Abad & Band, Pancho Gomez, Mirabella, and mezzo-soprano Melania Maldonado along with a special appearances by the Lehman (College) Jazz Band, Hostos Repertory Theater Company, Rees Shad, and John Arrucci and friends.

Musicans singing and playing instruments.
“This night was a testament of when we put our heart and passion to a great cause to help those in need, the energy, support, and collaboration come together to make of the ‘Hope for Ecuador Concert’ a total success,” said Carlos Guevara, the Director of Hostos’ Office of Educational Technology and the Co-Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, who helped to organize the event along with Media Design professor Rees Shad, and others. “Great artists, great performances, and a great audience shared an immense love for Ecuador in this moment of crisis. From the bottom of my heart, a huge thank you to the Hostos family and Organizacion Juventud Ecuatoriana for your support.”      
You can still visit Hostos Helping’s relief page here to donate. Proceeds will go to the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund through GlobalGiving.

Please enjoy and share this Facebook photo album from the event.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.