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Mamaroneck Artist Gives Back to Community

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Piero Manrique believes in using art to promote positive, unifying energy. He will put that belief into action by holding a fundraiser for Mamaroneck's Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) at Roasted Pepper on April 16.

Manrique was born in Lima, Peru, in 1981 and moved to the Village of Mamaroneck at age 13, unable to speak English. The architect and designer relied on the HRC to help him not only integrate into the community and classrooms, but blossom into what he is today.

"Manrique knows firsthand what a difference the immeasurable support HRC makes in the lives of newly arrived immigrant families," according to a press release.

Founded in 1998, HRC tries to improve its clients' lives by helping them deal with issues such as immigration, housing, health, employment and education through three areas of focus: social services, education and a worker center.

After graduating from Mamaroneck High School, Manrique received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the Parsons, the New School of Design in 2005. His colorful abstracts and surrealist landscapes have been featured in the New York area since 2007, and will be on display at Roasted Pepper from April 16 to May 18. Manrique will donate 30 percent of all proceeds from the sale of his work to the HRC.

Alex Berne, a singer/songwriter who moved from the Dominican Republic to Westchester, will perform at the opening gala for the exhibit.

The owners of Roasted Pepper, Juan Lepe and Darrell Balcher, will donate the space and food. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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