Big Pun's Widow Announces Foundation In Honor Of Late Rapper

Big Pun's widow, Liza Rios, will announce the

establishment of the Big Pun Foundation, today at a press conference in the

Bronx, to mark the 3 year anniversary of the rappers passing. Pun passed away

three years ago today (Feb. 7).

“My husband wanted his success to serve

as an inspiration for youth in urban communities. He sought to set up a refuge

for those in need of resources and mentors to foster their dreams. To fulfill

his wish we have created this foundation in his memory,” Mrs. Rios told in a statement.

The not-for-profit organization seeks to improve

the quality of life for inner city communities by implementing social development

initiatives and resources for youth, adolescents and victims of domestic violence.

Programs and incentives offered at the Foundation

will include workshops, community outreach efforts, conferences and special


Serving as the Foundation’s President, Mrs.

Rios cites her diverse life experience as Pun’s partner/personal assistant,

wife, and mother as well as being a victim of abuse to support the Foundation’s

efforts. Other administrators and board members include, Executive Director,

A. Rebecca Scott, former Loud Records executive; Chairman, Renaldo Sierra, former

NYSE assistant trader and board member, Ruben Diaz, Jr., Assemblyman of the

75th Assembly District of Bronx County who stated, “Pun was the Tito Puente

of hip hop, establishing credibility for Latinos in a non-traditional music

genre while maintaining commitment to his community.”

Among the first to support the Big Pun Foundation

with a charitable gift are Carver Entertainment Group, the organizers of the

Big Pun Tribute Tour pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds.

Confirmed tour dates for the Big Pun Tribute

Tour will be announced shortly.