Al’s to host fundraiser for Puerto Rico

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Al’s Burger Shack, a restaurant on Franklin Street, will be hosting a fundraiser to help Puerto Rico this Sunday, October 8th. Al’s will be serving classic Puerto Rican dishes all day, such as tostones (fried plantains), smoked chicken and roasted pork with mojo sauce and black beans and rice.

All of the proceeds will be donated to an organization, called United for Puerto Rico, started by the First Lady of Puerto Rico. Many well known corporations, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and AT&T help to sponsor this organization. Our local fundraiser will provide help to those who have been devastated by the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María.

Photo courtesy Al’s Burger Shack

Puerto Rico, in the weeks since the hurricanes struck, is still recovering from the lasting damage. According to CNBC, many residents are still without shelter, water, or other basic necessities. As reported by USA Today, Hurricane María also impacted the island’s electrical grids, economy, and the health system.

On October 4, USA Today reported that the Red Cross had collected only $9 million dollars in donations for Puerto Rico, compared to $350 million for Texas relief efforts.

Other nearby businesses are also participating in the Al’s fundraiser, including Beer Study, Belltree Speakeasy and Baxters. They will be serving specials whose proceeds will go to the cause. Live music from bands such as the Grateful Dads, Pete Joyner Quartet, and Liquid Pleasure will be performed outdoors as well.

The event itself is free, but there will be plenty of opportunities to donate at each location.