When we started planning Rincon Woofstock, we knew we were going to need a lot of help. Luckily one of our truly great supporters and volunteers, Sarah Rosario of All Events, a wedding and event planning company located in Rincon, was eager to help and came with a lot of great ideas and contacts. Of course music was going to be the focus of the event and the lineup of bands that Sarah brought was amazing. Batucada was a donation by a generous sponsor, All of the other music and bands played for free!
One of the highlights of the evening was drawing the winner of the “7 Night Stay in Rincon” raffle. The vacation villa was donated by Jessica and Chris Ayers who own the Villa Monte Playa and tickets were being sold online for $20 apiece leading up to the event. The winner was Judy Andronici and I’m sure she will soon be inviting 3 friends to join her on her next Rincon vacation.
Local artists Maureen Schmidt and Enid Miranda helped organize and recruit artists for the artist tables. We had some beautiful and amazing artists displaying and selling their creations, from hand blown glass, to wood cut prints and sea glass jewelry. The artists tables were a great addition to the event, DAR would like to thank and the artists who came to the event to support our organization.
We chose Joe’s Bar at Club Nautico because we all know Joe loves animals and is supportive of the community. The location in the marina was perfect for a community event and Joe’s has a fantastic outdoor covered patio, perfect for the music and display of silent auction items and Joe donated 10% of all food and alcohol sales to DAR!
At this point we have to give a huge thank you to all of the Rincon businesses (see the list below) that donated items to the silent auction and raffle, such generous donations of highly valuable items of art, dinning gift certificates, activities and more, something for everybody and almost all of the items were raffled over the minimum bid. Another thank you to those that supported the silent auction.
Mary-Kate Gales, a Rincon professional hair and make-up artist, donated her time generated donations through children’s facepainting, I know the kids enjoyed her work!
Our first band, Rincon Kids Crew, was organized by Ryan Martin of Kare Property Management. Local kids, playing in front of people for the first time, it was a window to the future when these kids will be paying at the 10th Annual Rincon Woofstock, a great way to start the day and a great way for the kids to find their voice.
DJ EJK, and DJ Levy donated the soundsystem and DJ EJK was gracious enough to mc the event, thanks for doing such a great job!
At about 3pm, the Disfunction began playing. A perfect band to open the day with lots of energy to bring the curious crowd in, the music sounded great and the for an afternoon gig, they brought the goods and it showed as more and more people started wandering to the event to see what they were hearing.
Fernadito Ferrar played a beautiful solo acoustic set that really showed off his creativity in crafting a full musical arrangement by looping percussion with his guitar and amazing voice. He is a Rincon treasure and we are so happy to have had him at this event.
RumBomPlena followed with a high energy set that got the crowd to their feet, dancing under the patio at Joe’s, in the street and down to the marina. They were a great addition to the lineup and offered their service very early in the process.
Batucada Bossa y Samba came out next with loud drums in a parade down the street and into Joe’s, the crowd clapping and moving to the beat and with a giant animated costume, facemasks and a rhythm and beat that drew everyone in, an amazing show!
Clase Aparte was a last minute addition to the music lineup and really wowed the audience with a mix salsa and dance music that kept the good vibes and captured the spirit of the night, a fun band of very good musicians we were so lucky to have be a part of this event.
Finally, Barrio Grande | Bomba Reggae Dub, brought the party to its zenith with a great set of party music, I think the crowd and I know all of us did not want the music to end. The music of the Rincon Woofstock delivered and thanks to all the great musicians and dj’s who volunteered their time, we hope you support these generous artists whenever and wherever you can.
Just before the final band, the silent auction ended with the high bids winning the items, if you bid, please contact DAR to see if you won, firstname.lastname@example.org. We also announced the winner of the 50/50 raffle, which grew to over $1200, the winning ticket #62, Jessica Ayers who donated the Villa Monte for Rincon 7 night Stay raffle won $600, I guess kid karma won out tonight!
DAR would again like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors and donors as well as the community for making the First Annual Rincon Woofstock and huge success! Because together we can make a differnce and the funds raised will allow DAR to continue helping animals on this side of the island of Puerto Rico.