From September 15th to October 15th 103.5 KTU is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by spotlighting Hispanic Artists that you’ve heard on KTU for their achievements and contributions to the Hispanic Community and Culture
He hails from right here in New York City and is of Puerto Rican descent. In 2011, he founded the non-profit Maestro Cares, which helps impoverished children in Latin America. To this day, the foundation has already built or funded 11 projects in five countries, raising over $10 million.
She’s from right here in the Bronx and in 2009, founded the Lopez Family Foundation with her younger sister, Lynda, hoping to raise awareness about quality healthcare for local communities everywhere. In 2017, she personally donated $1 Million to the Puerto Rico Relief Effort following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
In 2009, at just 17 years old, she became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever. To date, she has helped raise approximately $900,000 in support of UNICEF’s clean water programs and upwards of $4 million for the Trick-or-Treat UNICEF campaign.
Aside from being a performer, he is a well-known humanitarian who founded the Ricky Martin Foundation in 2002, a leading voice in denouncing and exposing human trafficking globally. In 2018, the Ricky Martin Foundation rebuilt homes in Puerto Rico following the devastations of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
Following the Hurricane devastations in 2017, he teamed up with Save the Children to provide immediate relief to those affected. Through a partnership with Microsoft, he donated $200,000 in software to Save the Children to strengthen its literacy program for young students in South America.
A Miami-native, he has helped the Latino community in his hometown by setting up a charter school designed to keep young students engaged and excited to learn. Beyond this, he is a Clean water Here Global Ambassador and received the 2018 World Water Champion Award for his global humanitarian efforts to promote the human right to access safe water.
In 1997, she founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation, which promotes education, health, and cultural development. She has used proceeds from her songs, benefit concerts, and donations to directly support no-kill animal shelters, and has donated over $1 million dollars to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
In 2018, the Grammy award-winning artist received the Global Gift Philanthropy award for his donations to the cancer unit at St. Jude’s Hospital as well as his contributions toward the recovery effort in Puerto Rico and Dominica following Hurricane Maria, which raised at least $1 million.
In 1997, she founded the Barefoot Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the education, nutrition and health of children globally. In 2011, President Obama appointed her to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and to this day, the foundation supports six schools in Columbia, supporting over 30,000 children and families.
In 2016, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation presented him with the Vision Award for serving as a role model to youth while setting the music world on fire with his dynamic talents. Following the Hurricane devastations that plagued the Atlantic in 2017, he joined forces with Beyoncé for a new version of “Mi Gente,” both pledging to donate all proceeds to relief efforts.