About Last Night
7:55 PM EDT, August 26, 2012
Marc Anthony has done plenty of favors for other charities over the years, but now it's the salsa crooner who is asking for help for his own non-profit organization. Anthony and Chicago entreprenuer Henry Cardenas are raising money for the charity they created earlier this year, Maestro Cares Foundation, which benefits orphaned and disadvantaged children in Latin America. The charity's first Chicago fundraiser took place Aug. 20 at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.
“Throughout the years, I've done so many favors for so many people and charities,” Anthony said at the fundraiser, where he was joined by girlfriend Shannon De Lima. “When it's your own, you make phone calls and activate those relationships you've made. I'd never had to call anybody to say ‘I've been there for you, this is important for me. We can make a difference.'
"My friends have really stepped up. The corporations I've worked with over the years have really stepped up. They've donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. ... I must have done something right.”
One of those friends who is lending his support is Luis Guzman. The Hollywood character actor, who has appeared in “Boogie Nights” and “Traffic,” was on hand at the Chicago fundraiser, which organizers said raised more than $100,000 dollars. He said he's not only a friend of Anthony's, but also a fan.
“I know Marc and came to see him (in concert Aug. 19 at the Allstate Arena),” Guzman said. “It was a sensational show.” Asked if he ever dances to Anthony's music, Guzman responded “Yeah. How can you not?”