In Orlando, November 6 will now and forever be known as Marc Anthony Day. The city made the announcement about the honorary holiday last Saturday (November 6) before Anthony took the stage at the Amway Center for his Pa’lla Voy Tour.
Orlando city officials also presented Anthony with a “Key to the City” for his strong connection to O-Town. Anthony received the key in recognition of his work with the Maestro Cares Foundation, One Voice: Somos Live! and for his support of members of the U.S. military.
“It’s [Anthony’s] selfless and tireless philanthropic work behind the scenes that really makes him a proud Latino,’” City of Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz said.
In 2012, Anthony founded the Maestro Cares Foundation. The nonprofit organization’s mission was to build homes and schools for underprivileged children in Latin America and the United States. With Somos Una Voz, Anthony is part of a coalition of celebrities who provided food, shelter, and medicine to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“Marc’s invaluable philanthropic efforts change lives every day,” Army Retired Lt. Colonel Wilson Ariza said during the presentation. “His commitment to the wellbeing of humanity is a clear celebration of his Latino heritage and life’s purpose. I couldn’t thank him enough for his support to so many global initiatives.”
During his concert on November 6, Anthony proved how big his heart is when he invited a 95-year-old grandmother onto the stage with him to dance. If that doesn’t deserve a “Key to the City,” we don’t know what does.