Hollywood Stars to Entertain at Friends of Mexico Benefit

George Benson, Erik Estrada, Cheech & Chong and Robert Young, among others, will provide free entertainment Saturday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for an earthquake relief benefit being held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by the Del Mar Friends of Mexico.

Other groups providing free entertainment include local jazz group Bruce Cameron, Manuel Duga Mariachis, PD5 and the San Diego Police Color Guard.

“There is entertainment for all ages,” said Janet Perry, chairwoman of the Del Mar Friends of Mexico, a group of civic organizations that has formed in the last week in response to the earthquake.

Money for the benefit is being raised through raffles and money donations. Raffles will be held throughout the day for a variety of prizes, such as two tickets to the final Bruce Springsteen concert in Los Angeles, signed lithographs and prints from local artists, and numerous lunches and dinners in San Diego and Orange counties.

According to Perry, the best part of the benefit is that the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and Aeromexico have agreed to take the money collected to Mexico City on Saturday night.


“It’s not going to be tied up in the red tape we all fear with local benefits,” she said. “The dollar that is collected in the morning will be in Mexico that night.”

Perry said every penny will go toward the fund, as administrative costs have been paid by the civic organizations and businesses in Del Mar that are sponsoring the event.

Because of the surplus of clothing and other items being sent to Mexico, the Del Mar Friends of Mexico are collecting only money at this time.

Food will be sold at the fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free.