Hurricane Maria relief: Play tennis or dine in Flushing this weekend to benefit Puerto Rico

Photo by Sharon Medina-Chavez

Queens residents can head to two events Flushing Meadows–Corona Park this weekend for a full day of fun for a good cause.

USTA Rally for Relief

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be home to a “Rally for Relief” event this Saturday, Oct. 7. For $50, attendees at the event can play on the U.S. Open courts and participate in a fun, laid-back doubles tournament. Prizes and recognition will be awarded to winners.

There will also be fun activities for non-tennis players at the event, including corn hole, ping pong, live music, food and beverages and a silent action and raffle. One of the prizes is a certificate for an hour of court time on the center’s massive Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The tennis teams from St. John’s, Hofstra and Adelphi Universities will all be participating in the event.

The benefit will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to register and pay online and bring their payment confirmation on-site to the event. Learn more on the events page.

Queens Night Market

Beginning at 7 p.m., head to the Queens Night Market — which returned for the fall season last weekend — for a lively night of food, shopping and entertainment.

On the grounds of the New York Hall of Science, enjoy tasty and diverse food offerings, including bubble tea, Persian stew, empanadas and pierogies, from a wide variety of vendors. Local vendors will be selling clothing, crafts and jewelry and local musicians will perform acts throughout the night.

The event runs until midnight. The Night Market is free, but a suggested $5 donation at the door will be collected and donated for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Learn more on the events page.

Where will donations be sent?

Both events are fundraisers for the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit organization working to provide relief to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Aid from the organization is also being sent to central Mexico in the wake of the Sept. 19 earthquake.

Learn more about the nonprofit by visiting their website.