Miss Puerto Rico, Nydia Rivera of Los Angeles, will host a charity event tonight at Busby's East to raise awareness and help victims of violent crimes. In conjunction with the LAPD, this event entitled ‘Be the Change’ will be hosted by the model and pageant titleholder, who herself is the recent victim of a violent crime.
When the LA model left a local restaurant near Pico and La Brea on September 5, she didn’t know that she was being followed. Rivera told KTLA news, ‘I got followed out by three guys,’ who snatched her cell phone and tried to kidnap her.
Rivera says they tried to force her into a car then drove off, dragging her for two blocks before finally pushing her out the door where she fell head-first into the street and blacked out.
When the model and current Miss Puerto Rico 2013 woke up, she said she was injured, lying in the street and, ‘tried screaming for help, and there was a ton of people around and nobody helped.’ Rivera said the experience taught her an important lesson in safety, and from now on will keep her car keys handy at all times.
Following the incident, Nydia Rivera was inspired to produce the charity fundraiser with P3 Productions, which will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, at Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Boulevard. Tickets for the event featuring co-hosts Sheri Marsh of ABC’s Whodunnit, and Miss California Pageant alumnus, actress Amiee Conn, are available at the P3 Productions website.