Sin City fundraiser rakes in $15,000 for ‘Yolanda’ victims

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Dec. 25, 2013

LAS VEGAS – A month after ‘Yolanda’ struck the Visayas aid from Filipinos in Southern Nevada continues to pour in—especially this holiday season.

Community leaders, as well as kababayans both young and old, came together for an event called “LV4PH”, short for “Las Vegas for the Philippines”.

The group is donating $10,000 worth of medicines to Las Vegas Philippine Medical Mission for all the victims.

Various international performers, local Filipiniana cultural performers, dancers and local artists from Sin City took center stage at the parking lot of the Rio Hotel and Casino.

“I’m very proud to be Filipino and coming out to give my support,” FilAm Family Court Judge Cheryl Moss said. “I am amazed of the number of people that come out today.”

Moss said her family in the Visayas is doing well and are all safe.

“The house was damaged, we lost a family farm,” she said. “But I cannot believe the amount of support that’s being sent over there and i hope it reaches not only to my family but everybody affected by the typhoon.”

“We get so much support on Fuku Burger from the Filipino community that it is imperative that we at least show some support back anyway we can,” Colling Fukunaga of Fuku Burger Food Truck said.

“I’m glad to be part of this event for Las Vegas for the Philippines,” Marlon Multo of the Bikolnon Association said. “It’s going to help a lot of people that were affected by this situation.”

Mona Kozel’s aunt was among the thousands who died from ‘Yolanda’. Kozel says some of her relatives are still missing. This January she says she’s going home to the Visayas.

“They may have survived the typhoon but they’re still hungry and homeless,” she said. “Clean water is the biggest thing they need. Those of us here in America need to help them in any way we can instead of just watching the news. If it’s in the power of our hands and we can, why not?”

“LV4PH” raised more than $15,000 in monetary donations that day. Part of the proceeds will go to the ABS-CBN Foundation International’s Sagip Kapamilya.

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