Singer Marc Anthony and prominent businessman Henry Cárdenas presided over an auction in New York to collect funds for the Children of Christ Orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

"I met some kids there who changed my life forever," the singer told Efe during the event at El Museo del Barrio museum in Harlem.

The funds collected will go to building a residence and educational center for the more than 200 minors who live at the orphanage at a cost of up to $2 million, Cárdenas said.

Items on sale at the charity auction included an electric guitar signed by Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis, jewelry, works of art, photos and shirts signed by New York Yankees stars Alex Rodríguez, Robinson Canó and Derek Jeter, and a football inscribed with the name of Victor Cruz of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Anthony recalled that Cárdenas invited him last December to visit the orphanage, after which they created a foundation to provide aid for charity organizations in developing countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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