Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Philippines Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

(pictured from left to right: Christopher Guck of SendFriend, Vilma Sontac of Holy Trinity Fil-Am Community, Joann Canosa of SendFriend, Sadiki Wiltshire of SendFriend)

Endless altruism.

Vilma Sontac and the attendees of the recent fundraising event hosted by the Holy Trinity Filipino American Congregation of Hackensack, New Jersey exemplified the meaning of giving from the heart.

In late April 2019, a powerful earthquake struck the island of Luzon in the Philippines, leaving at least 18 dead, 3 missing, and 256 injured. Several members in the Holy Trinity Parish’s Filipino community had loved ones affected by this devastating natural disaster and wanted some way to tangibly assist them.

Vilma Sontac, manager of the Holy-Trinity Catholic Church’s Filipino American Congregation, organized and executed a very successful bruncheon supporting victims of the earthquake. With over 60 people in attendance at $40 per ticket, the event raised over $2,500 for the victims of the recent natural disaster.

Endless amounts of fluffy french toast, crispy bacon, and fresh fruit salad, coupled with savory salmon, warm pasta, and creamy cheesecake provided a wide variety of brunch food options – there was something for everyone! Stuffed with delicious food, the attendees continued to support the fundraising cause by purchasing raffle tickets for the chance to win anything from children’s diapers, to free resort tickets!

(pictured: Sadiki Wiltshire of SendFriend enjoying his time dancing)

It was clear that the members of the Holy Trinity Fil-Am Congregation knew exactly how to simultaneously raise funds and have a good time. If there is one thing I took away from this event, it was this – a collective cause and a tight knit community can move mountains.


Bruncheon attendees ended the afternoon of great food, friendly company, effective fundraising, and silly dancing with not only full tummies, but also full hearts. Their fundraising efforts will go directly to Mother Superior Mary Philip Galeno of Bahay Puso in Balanga, Bataan and St. Agustin Church in Lubao, Pampanga.