Global Launch Somos Pacífico Friends Club, New York City


Thursday, 7 July 2016


LaGuardia Community College, Queens, Nueva York

Santiago de Cali, July 7th, 2016. The global launch of the Somos Pacífico Friends Club will take place this July 16th an 17th at LaGuardia Community College, in Queens, New York, during the 3rd Services Festival and commemoration of Colombia´s Independence Day. The Alvaralice Foundation and Somos Pacífico will part participate in the event as special guests of María Isabel Nieto, Consul General of Colombia in New York.

The Tecnocentro Cultural Somos Pacífico is located in Potrero Grande, a low-income neighborhood with one of the highest violent crime rates in Cali, Colombia. mos inhabitants are internal refugees forced from their rural homes as a result of colombia´s ongoing conflict.  Economic opportunities in Potrero Grande are extremely limited, leading to high incidences of crime and violence. In a effort to solve this problem, the Alvaralice Foundation joined forces with the private and public sectors to create the Tecnocentro Cultural Somos Pacífico an organization tat aims to prevent violence an promote conflict resolution through a new and innovative training model combinig technology, the arts and income generation.

The Somos Pacífico Friends Club was created as an initiative to support the programs offered by the Somos Pacífico Cultural Center which to date has benefitted more than 2500 people. The contributions received from the Somos Pacífico Friends Club have helped both children and teens expand their knowledge in the arts, technology and income generation.

Anyone can become a member of the Somos Pacífico Friends Club. Any donation, no matter how small can make a huge difference in the lives of these children: a monthly donation of just USD $20 can fiancé a child for up to one year in our fine arts program. Big changes start with small acts, join today! Together we can achieve more!

The Alvaralice Foundation and Somos Pacífico at the services Festival in Queens, NY.

The objective of the Services Festival is to celebrate Colombian food, culture and artistic heritage as well as strengthen ties with the local Colombian community in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Consulate General of Colombia in New York organizes the festival. Twenty government institutions will attend, as well as the Alvaralice Foundation, represented by María Eugenia Garcés, its President, and Whitney Cox, its Executive Director.

The Alvaralice Foundation will have an open stand both days (July 16th and 17th), between 10 AM and 6 PM, where anyone can obtain more information about the foundation and the project Somos Pacífico.

Also attending will be our very special guests: Carolina Valencia and Miguel García, a salsa duo from the Somos Pacífico Talent Agency and George Rios and Nicol Ramirez the famous salsa choke dancers from the hit song “Ras Tas Tas” from the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Please share with your friends and we hope to see you there!

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