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
AllHipHop.com 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.