Building a Fan Club from Scratch

Local fans organize Aventuras- Project in Cali Fan Club

By Jenny
Published on LatinoLA: June 14, 2005

Building a Fan Club from Scratch

In Nov. of 2004 a 25 year old girl attended a concert to a bachata group called Aventura. These four guys sang to their fans from their hearts. Like many fans this one girl's dream was to have the chance to meet the guys and thank them for there wonderful music they had brought to her. As she waited around backstage her dream became reality.... After having this opertunity she went home and decided to make a fan club and give those fans a chance to meet these guys in person. She wanted to give fans the same experience she felt meeting her favorite music group.

Placing post up online, forum after forum, website after website, she was lucky enough to recive open responses from a couple of fans. Not sure of how to start the fan club she just did was she was best at: making frineds over the phone. After months of talking to these fans, she held the first meeting on January 15, 2005. This stranger was kind enough to pick one of these girls up and take her to the first club meeting. It was excting in more ways than words can express. So many plans, so many events, but one thing we all agreed on was to have one event to meet our members and to have fun...

January 21st, at a local club called Los Globos in Los Angeles, we all met the girl behind this club, Jessica Ortiz. Making our own shirts with the logo of Aventura, we danced the night away and met new friends. That first event let to a couple of others and gave us the strength to make our website http://aventuras-project.tripod.com. Our fan club now had members and a name behind it: Aventuras Project in Cali Fan club! With the support of our members, we passed out flyers at the Reggaeton Invasion at the Universal Amphitheatre and as luck will have it received more new members.

The highlight of our little club came on May 7th, when the group we built the fan club - Avenutura - for came to LA for a concert. We where able to meet the rest of the members, take pictures and have a good time. Making new friends and enjoying the music we love.

Our club has been criticized by haters or people who envy our hard work. But between the support of our devoted members and the hard work that Jessie and myself have contributed, we have turned a club that started out of 20 members to close to 60 in just a couple of months. We have been lucky enough to have supporters from Puerto Rico, New York, Florida and even Spain and Italy. We are continuing to grow little by little, and we won't stop until California knows of Aventura and of the wonderful sound that bachata brings.

My name is Jenny and I am proud to be a member and the vice president of AVENTURAS -PROJECT IN CALI FAN CLUB. It has been a long journey but I hope we will receive support from my community: the LATINO COMMUNITY! Please visit our web site and tell us what you think. We appreciate all your suport, near and far.

If you are interested in joining our club or donating to our club please contact Jessica Ortiz at J430Jenn@aol.com

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