Mayor Fulop & Council President Lavarro Host Fundraiser for Relief Effort for ‘Yolanda’ Victims

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JERSEY CITY, Nov. 14 -- Mayor Steven M. Fulop and City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. hosted a fundraiser to aid the victims of the devastating Typhoon Yolanda that struck the Philippines impacting an approximate 9.5 million people with nearly 2,500 casualties already reported. 


“Jersey City has one of the largest Filipino communities in the nation and we know that our Filipino residents are all extremely concerned about their loved ones who are in the Philippines,” said Mayor Fulop.  “As the relief effort is going to take much time and billions of dollars, we are asking residents in Jersey City to help aid in the mission.  The Jersey City people have always come together to help other communities and other countries when faced with natural disasters and other tragedies, and we know this time will be no different.” 

The fundraising event was held at Porto Lounge, 286 First Street.  A representative from the American Red Cross was on hand to collect checks for the relief effort and Porto Lounge donated a portion of their receipts as well. 

“I thank Mayor Fulop and many members of the community, including businesses like Porto Lounge, for stepping forward to help in this hour of need,” said Council President Lavarro.  “I’m personally moved by the outpouring of support and how Jersey City is demonstrating its generous spirit.”