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A West Town Fundraiser Will Support Hurricane Fiona Victims In Puerto Rico

Money raised from a hog roast and raffle of an autographed skateboard will support a women-led community nonprofit in Puerto Rico.

A skateboard deck signed by pro skaters Zion Wright and Jamie Thomas will be raffled in support of Puerto Rico at the Sportman's Club, 948 N Western Ave.
Courtesy of Breanna McDaniels
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WEST TOWN — Employees at popular tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash are banding together to raise money for victims of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico.

Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 18 as a Category 1 storm, cutting off power to millions of people, causing flooding and mudslides, damaging roads and bridges and limiting access to water and other critical resources. Dozens of people have died from the hurricane, and many are still without power, according to NPR.

To support relief efforts, there will be a hog roast and fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Sunday on the patio of the Sportsman’s Club, 948 N. Western Ave. It’s organized by Three Dots and a Dash bartender Breanna McDaniels and server Elias Soto, with the help of other local service industry workers.

All proceeds will go to Taller Salud, a women-led community nonprofit in Loíza, Puerto Rico, McDaniels said. A hog roast plate is $15 and raffle tickets are $5.

The big raffle prize is a skate deck signed by Olympic skateboarder Zion Wright and skateboard legend Jamie Thomas. Other prizes include gift cards and art from local businesses, McDaniels said.

McDaniels frequently travels to Puerto Rico for vacation and has long been taken aback by the island’s beauty. Chicago has a large Puerto Rican community, many of whom are peers in the service industry, McDaniels said.

“We hope people will come and show solidarity with Puerto Rico,” McDaniels said. “We want to do anything we can help. The service industry is super close-knit. We’re a family.”

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