A fundraiser benefiting Mexico earthquake victims is scheduled Sunday in Riverside, featuring musical and comedic acts at the Fox Center for the Performing Arts.

The city of Riverside, along with Alvarez Lincoln Jaguar, Cardenas Markets, Live Nation and other sponsors, intend to send all proceeds from the charity show to nonprofits assisting people in Riverside’s sister city, Cuautla, about 40 miles south of Mexico City, where the 7.1-magnitude quake was centered on Sept. 19.

“Our friends in Cuautla are struggling, and Riverside is stepping up to help,” said Mayor Rusty Bailey. “We are very fortunate to have such capable partners who can put together such an event on such short notice for people who are very much in need.”

Comedians Chupitos and Platanito are slated to take the stage, as well as entertainers Alberto Acuna and Kike Meneses, backed up by local bands.

“Many Riverside residents who have friends or family in Mexico are very concerned about the damage that has occurred and the humanitarian needs that remain,” Councilman Jim Perry said. “Many in our community already have donated to disaster relief, and this event provides another opportunity to give.”

According to reports from the Mexican state of Morelos, where Cuautla is located, hundreds of homes have been damaged, schools have collapsed and other infrastructure is in extreme disrepair.

The shaker killed nearly 400 people.

Cuautla has a population of roughly 145,000 and has been a sister city to Riverside since 1968. Local fire personnel have been involved in training missions to the city, and firefighting vehicles decommissioned in Riverside have been donated to Cuautla, according to city officials.

Tickets for Sunday’s show can be purchased via www.livenation.com.

–City News Service

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