The St. Louis based sustainable agriculture company, Monsanto, joined Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina to provide disaster relief to Puerto Rican families still affected by last year’s Hurricane Maria. Molina’s non-profit organization, Fundacion 4, organized a charity cocktail dinner event called Flavors of Puerto Rico be held tonight at the Windows On Washington® restaurant.

Through a sponsorship, the agriculture company helped support the event seeking to provide hurricane relief to Puerto Rican families. The event featured an auction, cocktails, dinner, and live music.

“Many of us at Monsanto share a passion for baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals, and supporting our communities around the world. This event checks all those boxes,” enthused Duane Simpson, US State & Local Government Affairs Lead at Monsanto. “We are proud and excited to be part of this event, which will help our neighbors, stakeholders, colleagues, and their families, who are still affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.”

Billed as a “multi-sensorial trip to Puerto Rico, the Island of Enchantment,” the event appealed to all five senses, with “Tastes of Puerto Rico, Aromas of Puerto Rico, Sights of Puerto Rico, the Sounds of Puerto Rico, and the Warm touch of Puerto Rico”, according to Fundacion 4’s website. The sit-down dinner event featured Puerto Rican flavors, rum-based menu by the island’s Iron Chef Mario Pagán, a cocktail reception sponsored by Rums of Puerto Rico, live music, and a live auction of baseball paraphernalia, and original works by Puerto Rican and Missouri artists and designers. “We want to show the people of St. Louis what Puerto Rico is all about, intense favors, happy people, and contagious rhythms,” stated Molina.

At the charity event Molina was joined by some of his St. Louis Cardinals teammates and members of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, who will be in St. Louis for a 3-game series starting tomorrow, June 15, 2018.

“Hurricane Maria has tested the resilience of both Monsanto Caribe and Puerto Rico. Much progress has been made, but there is still work to be done,” highlighted Miguel A. Pereira Rivera, Puerto Rico Community Affairs Manager at Monsanto. “We are delighted to be part of Yadier Molina’s efforts to support and help those who are still recovering from last year’s hurricanes.”

Monsanto’s participation in this event is part of the company’s longstanding and ongoing community efforts. After the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, both Monsanto and its local operation, Monsanto Caribe LLC, increased their support and community relations efforts to help their neighboring communities in Juana Díaz and Santa Isabel in Puerto Rico.

During the months of September and October 2017, Monsanto donated $1.03 million through financial and in-kind contributions to support emergency response and assistance efforts in Puerto Rico.