MIAMI, Fl. (Chayfans.org Fans Website) - "Chayanne's Internet
fans to gather for "Chayfest" at Miami concert -Chayanne says thank you with tickets"
Internet fans from three different web sites, dedicated to Latin pop singing star CHAYANNE, are gathering at a "Chayfest" for his concert at the James L. Knight Center in Miami on Friday, July 12.
Approximately 35-40 fans, adult women of all ages, from many walks of life, and many married with children, are coming from different cities around the country to support their favorite performer and meet each other for the first time. They are all members of three different but cooperative web site's fan clubs (fan sites)-- Chayfans.org, Cafe Chayanne.com and La Isla Chayanne.org.
These fans and many others regularly visit each web site to share news item, messages about appearances, photos, clippings and collectable items about their favorite Puerto Rican singer/dancer/actor.
Chayanne, who is currently conducting an around- the-world tour through Latin America, Europe and the U.S. to promote his newest album "Grandes Exitos" (Greatest Hits), draws thousands of fans to his sold-out concerts, no matter where he performs. The Puertorriqueno will soon release in the U.S., his new single,"Torero" (Bullfighter) the second track to come out of that album, a song full of strength, soul, passion and color. "Torero" was written and produced by Estefano, the great producer of Latin music. The first single " Y tu Te Vas" is currently holding the #1 position on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks.
Although many fans in each club are attending his concerts in Texas, California, New York and other cities, several fan-site members decided to form this Chayfest meeting during the star's Florida concert because Miami is his home-base.
The oldest site, Chayfans.org, was formed in 1998 by a Detroit fan, Melanie Drake, after seeing the Columbia Pictures film "Dance With Me," which starred Chayanne along with Vanessa Williams and Kris Kristofferson.
Both Cafe Chayanne and La Isla Chayanne have formed within the last few years by former members of Chayfans, as spin-off organizations and today draw equally as many people to their sites on a daily basis. Cafe Chayanne's webmaster is Karen Wilson of Pittsburgh, PA and La Isla Chayanne is run by Lissa Johnston of Houston, TX.
All three groups boast memberships in the hundreds and many fans frequent each site regularly to share information. They all have one goal in mind -- that of promoting the rising career of the handsome 34 year-old heart throb, Chayanne.
According to one Chayfest organizer, Susan Kirschner (Chayfans) of Columbus, OH, "People will be coming from California, South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Massachusetts, Georgia, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia to take part in this tribute to Chayanne." "We feel it's a wonderful testimonial to show Chayenne just how wonderful a performer we think he is and how dedicated we are," said another organizer, Carol Saunders (Chayfans) from Jupiter, FL.
Does Chayanne appreciate the loyalty he receives from his Internet fans across the country? As a way of saying "thank you" to his loyal fans and to the three sites for working together to promote him, Chayanne's management company Chaf Enterprises, Inc., has offered the three sites four free tickets to contest winners for concerts in San Diego, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, Phoenix and San Jose. Members of each group have an opportunity to win by answering a series of trivia questions about the star.
In announcing the contest, Paula Rocha of Chaf stated, "All of you have done such a wonderful job with all 3 sites and have worked together in many activities, showing brotherhood, unity and most of all love for each other. I want to say that Chayanne and his office really appreciates all you do for us, keeping him #1."
Many fans attending Chayfest will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel adjacent to the Knight Center in downtown Miami. They will gather for dinner at the hotel prior to the big event, then enjoy a wine and cheese party there immediately following the concert. Hopes are running high that the man himself, Chayanne, may make a brief appearance to say hello to the fans during that after-concert get-together.
Best of all, thanks to the help from the concert promoters, NYK Concerts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, all the Chayfest fans have fabulous seats, right in the first three rows. Who could ask for anything more?