In the early hours of Tuesday January 7, 2020, parts of the island of Puerto Rico were devastated by a series of strong earthquakes resulting in the loss of lives, collapsed buildings, loss of electricity for nearly three million residents and left hundreds of thousands of people without running water.

The Romance for PR silent auction will raise funds for The Hispanic Federation and World Central Kitchen. As you read this, these organizations are in Puerto Rico providing much needed relief for those affected by the earthquakes, many still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria which made landfall in September of 2017.

how it works

1. Participants silently bid on an auction item provided by our generous donors (you, possibly).

2. The winner then makes a direct donation, in the amount of the winning bid, to one of the two charities and emails the receipt to romanceforpr@gmail.com, within 72 hours of the auction's end. Otherwise, it goes to the next highest bidder.

3. I verify the receipt and put the winner in contact with the donor.

4. Donor sends/ schedules the auction item.

The winner is responsible for donating the winning bid directly to the charity & the donor is responsible for providing the item directly to the winner.

I do not handle any money collection or prize fulfillment.

The number of auction items will be limited and as a result all auction items submitted may not be accepted, but I will try my best to include as many as possible.

If you're not sure what you can offer check out Love In Panels' silent auction benefiting RAICES Texas. 

32auctions.com/RomanceforRAICES

From their website:

Almost ten years ago, my wife Patricia and I had a big dream to start World Central Kitchen. We envisioned an organization that would create smart solutions to hunger and poverty, and for many years we saw an amazing impact through our clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures that empower communities and strengthen economies. But we had no idea we would one day be answering the call in Puerto Rico and around the world – “Food First Responders” serving millions of meals each year. In the process, we learned that a small NGO can change the world through the power of food.

Last year, WCK activated in response to 13 disasters — some of them natural, and some man-made. From serving children in the shelters on our border with Mexico to making deliveries by lamplight to those keeping watch over beaches in Indonesia, our fight to feed the hungry has taken us to more places than we ever expected.

-Chef Jose Andres

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From their website: 

Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to empower and advance the Hispanic community, support Hispanic families, and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of educationhealthimmigrationcivic engagementeconomic empowerment, & the environment

Hispanic Federation serves as a national model for Latino social, political, and economic empowerment. With a strong presence in New York, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other key states throughout the U.S., HF works to uplift millions of Hispanic children, youth, and families across the country. In addition, our Washington, DC office gives HF a true national advocacy presence. HF works locally, state-wide, and nationally to strengthen Latino nonprofits, promote public policy advocacy, and bring to scale a portfolio of innovative community programs.

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special thanks to  Suzanne & Margrethe from Love in Panels & Ana Coqui  for all of your great advice & input.