On November 8, 2018 at the Midtown Loft and Terrace, South Bronx United held its 8th Annual Benefit. More than 300 guests convened on the evening, raising $140,000, the largest figure ever from the organization’s fundraising event.
The night was hosted by Kyle Martino, one of the faces of NBC Sports’ English Premier League broadcasts, and whose own playing career brought him to the highest levels of US Soccer.
Martino was joined first by NYCFC’s Ronald Matarrita. As an ambassador to Laureus Sport for Good USA Foundation, the Costa Rican midfielder, has been a strong advocate for the development through sport of youth in immigrant communities. In September, he visited South Bronx United’s soccer programming to provide tips on life and on the game.
Bitta Mostofi is the Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs at the New York City Mayor’s Office. She discussed with Kyle Martino her role in the development of major City initiatives such as IDNYC and ActionNYC, the City’s free and confidential immigrant legal services program. Mostafi spoke urgently about the importance of supporting organizations like South Bronx United, and of nurturing a compassionate response to the plights of immigrants and refugees.
The organization’s 2018 Alumni Honoree was Derrick Cordova, who is a sophomore at the College of Mount Saint Vincent where he is majoring in Sports Management. He competes for the men’s soccer team and leads the team in scoring in 2018 with nine goals.
Derrick joined South Bronx United in 2015. At the age of 15, he left La Ceiba Honduras without any family on a treacherous 2,000-mile trek to the United States. He followed the path of thousands of other Central American youth, who were fleeing gangs and violence to seek a better opportunity for themselves and their families. Last year, ESPN Deportes and ESPN SportsCenter aired a segment titled “El Camino,” covering Derrick’s journey. The segment was played before Derrick joined Martino on stage to voice a moving statement about the importance of South Bronx United’s programming in his ability to overcome the challenges in adjusting to life in New York City. Derrick recently gained legal permanent residency.
Throughout the evening, guests were able to participate in a silent auction and purchase tickets for a live raffle drawing. In his remarks, Executive Director Andrew So emphasized the need for guests to be champions of South Bronx United and its causes in order to continue to increase the organization’s capacity to serve the communities that are most vulnerable in our city today. Executive Board Member Jon Lee followed up with a rousing call to action.
It was the generous support of guests who believe in South Bronx United’s mission that made the night so successful. More than 90% of funds raised will go right back into the organization’s programs, supporting the community, immigrant, and first-generation youth in the classroom and on the soccer field, helping them on the path to college and professional life.
The night’s sponsors included Barclays, Bregal Partners, Dos Toros Taqueria, InterFysio, and Two Sigma.
Food and drink donations were generously made by Ample Hills Creamery, Barking Irons, Bronx Baking Co., Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Gin, Dos Toros Taqueria, Double Dutch Espresso, Elevate Catering, Giffard, Heineken, Insomnia Cookies, Prizefight Irish Whiskey, Reyka Vodka, Shake Shack, Thomas Henry, Wódka.
For more information on South Bronx United and how you can support our mission, please visit www.southbronxunited.org, or call (718) 404-9281.