Pina Productions hosted the Battle for Bella fundraiser in Union City, an event dedicated to helping pay for the medical costs of Isabella Perez – a 5-year-old Leukemia patient.
Perez, the beneficiary of the charitable event, is suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
The fundraiser, hosted at Union Hill Middle School, focused around a charity basketball game between the Union City Police Officers and the New Jersey Chiefs. The night also included a halftime performance by â€œJAFFIâ€ of Team LilMan.
Hudson County View asked Carlos Pina, the CEO of Pina Productionz, how he felt about the atmosphere of the event.
â€œIâ€™m happy, Iâ€™m happy, the turnout is great. The gym is packed right now, itâ€™s very early still, thereâ€™s a lot of people that have committed to come after work, so I look forward to it.â€
Isabella’s mother, Norma Perez, a Union City teacher,Â told Hudson County View how thankful her and her family is for the support they have received from the town and community.
Weâ€™re very thankful that everyone has been so supportive from the board of education to city hall, the police officers well as the chiefs for participating.â€
With an intense matchup between the Chiefs and the Union City Police Department, the game ended in dramatic fashion for the police force: as a last-minute buzzer beater secured a 55-52 win.
All proceeds of the event will go to directly to Bellaâ€™s medical funds. To donate to “We Battle for Bella,” check out the GoFundMe page.