Secaucus, New Jersey

Feb 05, 2013

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, will donate $150,000 to the Maestro Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Marc Anthony and Henry Cardenas to support the housing and educational needs of orphaned and underprivileged children in developing Latin American countries. 
The donation will go towards the development and construction of a new orphanage for over 200 children at the Orfanato Niños de Cristo in La Romana, Dominican Republic.  “Goya has always believed in lending a hand when it is needed most, whether it is here in the United States or abroad,” says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.   “We wanted to contribute to Maestro Cares and this new project in the Dominican Republic because of our close relationship with the people and children of the country that transcends to the Dominican communities here in New York and the rest of the United States.” 


The new complex, which measures 30,000 square feet, will feature state-of-the-art designs and include a kitchen, laundry room, cafeteria, library, chapel, classrooms, dorm rooms, a teacher’s lounge, workshop area, business center, and a baseball field.  “We’re grateful for this wonderful donation from Goya Foods and are pleased with the impact that Maestro Cares has made,” says Marc Anthony.  “The contributions that donors like Goya are providing today, will help us change and improve the lives of our children.”


The donation will help to provide housing, clothing, food and staff while assisting in the academic, social and recreational development of the children through various programs.  “We are thankful for this generous donation from Goya. Their gift will help feed, clothe and educate children who desperately need it,” says Henry Cardenas.  “As we work to end homelessness, hunger, and violence for our children in Latin America, it is important for us to know that we have supporters such as Goya, who believe in our mission to build better futures for these children.”


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Maestro Cares (MC) is a non-for-profit corporation established in November 2011 to support the housing and educational needs of orphaned and underprivileged children in developing Latin American countries. Through contributions of its founders, Henry Cardenas and global artist Marc Anthony, as well as donations from individuals, Maestro Cares provides housing, food, toys, clothing and assists in the academic and recreational development of children through various programs. A special account in the name of the Maestro Cares Foundation has been set up to receive donations and individuals will also be able to contribute to Maestro Cares through a series of concerts in 2012 and 2013 to support the work of the Foundation.