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Berkeley’s La Peña Hosts Benefit for Chile

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday March 04, 2010 - 09:23:00 AM

Berkeley’s La Peña Cultural Center will hold a benefit for earthquake victims in Chile Sunday, March 7. 

Called “Hand in Hand with Chile,” the event will feature live music, poetry, food, a silent art auction and updates on the situation in Concepción, Chile. 

In a recent statement, La Peña said that the center held a meeting Feb. 28 with a group of Bay Area Chileans and North Americans which resulted in the creation of the organization Mano a Mano Con Chile (Hand in Hand with Chile). 

Mano a Mano Con Chile is planning various events and artistic activities over the next month through which it hopes to raise a minimum of $10,000 to help support the thousands of victims who were left devastated in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Central Chile Feb. 26. 

Planned activities include Cadena de la Cocina Solidaria Chilena, a weekly series of typical Chilean breakfasts and dinners in private homes and a benefit concert.  

For more information and details of the events please visit the Facebook page: Mano a Mano Con Chile. 

Sunday’s event, which starts at 6 p.m.. will have a $20—$100 siliding scale donation but no one will turned away for lack of funds. 

On the menu is Pollo Arvejado—Chicken and Pea Stew with rice and black beans—Pablo Neruda’s favorite. 

Featured artists include Rafael Manriquez, Francisco Alarcon, 

Lichi Fuentes, Gabriela Shiroma, John Santos, Poncho Jaramillo, 

Maria Loreto, Fernando Torres and Carlos Baron. 

For more information, visit 

To search for victims in Chile, visit