Latinos in the entertainment industry flocked the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Friday, December 6, 2002, for an important fundraiser benefiting children with disabilities in Mexico and Latin America.
Teveton 2002: Juntos Haremos el Milagro, was a telethon and concert that brought together well-known artists such as Lupillo Rivera, Cardenales de Nuevo Le?n, Rocio Sandoval ?La Peligrosa,? Patricia Manterola, Rogelio Martinez and Alicia Villareal y su Grupo Limite for a common cause: bettering the lives of children with special needs. Those in attendance generously lent a hand in raising $500,000.
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Excited because a few of my favorites were going to make an appearance, I headed to the Sports Arena. Usually on the night of the event you?ll find the streets filled with cars going bumper to bumper. This, however, did not happen at the Teveton.
For a moment I thought it had been cancelled. The parking lots were empty, there were people scattered here and there. Things didn?t look that great for Teveton.
What?s going on?
Where?s toda nuestra Raza supporting this worthy cause?
There were plenty of celebrities to attract more people but that was not the case at this event. At most, there were maybe a good thousand souls in there.
Supporting the cause were soap artists Edith Gonzalez, Angelica Rivera, Sergio Goyri and Raul Lisazo. Representing the sports world were Fernando Valenzuela, the Dodger pitcher from the 80?s and Mexican soccer goalie Jorge Campos.
Again, with all this talent out there you would think more people would?ve shown up.
Even Mexican sensation Lupillo Rivera said it, respectfully, that the event needed to be better organized.
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On the same day of the Teveton, ?Pedro el Escamoso,? a very popular telenovela was coming to its long awaited end. Many were probably glued to the television to see who Pedro would end up with.
Perhaps some Angelinos decided to check out Mexico?s own Teleton on TV. Artists featured included Man?, Jaguares, OV7, and Alexs Syntec. Making a special appearance was non-other than Mariah Carey.
Yes, Mariah Carey! She sang several songs to a packed and animated crowd at El Estadio Azteca.
Though the Teveton that took place in the Sports Arena was not as popular or filled like the one in Mexico, the outcome was a great one. Everyone was united and did their part by donating funds that will be used to provide much needed rehabilitation services and education to children with disabilities. The $500,000 goal was reached and next year, when more people now about this wonderful event, we can raise $1 million dollars.
Ana-Yolie is LatinoLA's entertainment editor.