Kiss The Monekys

From social club to one of the fastest growing philanthropic groups in America

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Kiss the Monkeys | Kiss The Mermaids (also known as KTM Events Inc.), is one of the fastest growing philanthropic groups in America. The group was started by Alex Harris and RaQuel Sanchez as a small social club but quickly became one of the leading events companies dedicated to benefiting charities. KTM Events has worked with countless charities such as St Judes, NCADV, YMCA, and Storm Aid. Their call to action for volunteerism earned Alex and RaQuel the Official Presidential Award from the White House and recognition from The United Nations.

“...between the galas are filled with coming together to feed the homeless or other volunteer community services and drives.

The organization has a thriving Facebook community representing a diverse group of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, influencers, entertainers, professionals, and artists. KTM Events’ Facebook Groups pages highlight and introduce group members and their latest achievements with special attention to people and organizations that dedicate themselves to various causes. Fashionistas flock to KTM’s red carpet charity events, and mastermind summits to enjoy its music performances, award ceremonies, and fashions shows. The weeks between the galas are filled with coming together to feed the homeless or other volunteer community services and drives. It’s headquarters is in Southern California but there are chapters in several cities throughout the USA, including San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Chicago and NYC.

The end of January marked their last event before COVID 19 devastated the United States. NYC became the epicenter of the pandemic. The event, Once Upon A Runway was KTM’s first partnership with The Magazine at Rockefeller Center’s FAO Schwarz.

From KTM Events’ first gala in Beverly Hills each one to follow, exceeded expectations more and more. Once Upon A Runway was like the finalé/ aria before the long pause that no one expected. Their mission always leads them back to the theme of a collective evolution. In the background they are on Zoom meetings planning with like-minded friends representing Global Unity, Power Team International, Assuaged, The Best You Expo, Winn Slavin, ThreeSixty Group, GoGirl Worldwide, Melapa Fashion, Think & Grow Rich, The Magazine, just to name a few.

KTM is always innovative. Look to them to be one of the pioneers to define how red carpet galas will be celebrated post-quarantine. RaQuel and Alex understand that humans have a powerful need to connect with one another. What will that look like without the throng of photographers KTM Events draw? The answer to that is uncertain but you can be confident that Kiss The Monkeys and Kiss The Mermaids members will all reunite again in the name of charity and celebration in whatever fashion it takes.

Meet The KTM's

Raquel Sanchez

RaQuel Sanchez is a social media influencer, motivational speaker, movie producer, and a co-owner of the International Award Winning Events Companies and Online Network Communities known as Kiss The Monkeys and Kiss The Mermaids also known as KTM Events. She partners and consults with CEOs, international corporations, nonprofit organizations, entertainers, models, fashion designers, company executives, VCs, and solopreneurs to grow their personal images and/or professional brands.

Her knowledge comes from her diverse experience as a social media specialist, scientific research lab assistant, personal assistant to a high-profile music producer, service industry professional, real estate broker, medical spa marketing manager, owner of a dance production company, and as a core organizer of Help For Haiyan (named as the biggest grassroots charity drive in history, by various media outlets).

RaQuel found her hidden talents in social media in 2009 as a dance professional with no capital to market her dance company. RaQuel learned to use social media to gain international exposure for her dancers. When her friends took notice of her social media influence and marketing skills, she became highly sought-out to market for their start-ups and soon started working for several different companies as an outsourced marketer and influencer. This was when she found her everlasting desire to be an entrepreneur and to teach others how to become one themselves.

In 2013, when watching a CNN report of a devastating typhoon that hit her homeland in the Philippines, she and 4 friends decided to take action. They made The Rizal Filipino Community their headquarters to collect donations. RaQuel used her mastery of social media to launch a Facebook group she named, Help For Haiyan. As a core organizer of Help For Haiyan, she was able to solicit generous donations from major corporations and attracted television media for over 2 weeks with thousands of volunteers helping daily in the city of Chicago, despite the record-breaking below-freezing weather.

A total of 18 containers were shipped to aid the victims of the typhoon. RaQuel and her significant-other, Alex Harris, own Kiss The Monkeys and have become one of the fastest growing event companies in California. Beyond the mansion parties, festivals, summits and galas, KTM Events sponsors a variety of different charities and rallies their members to donate and volunteer for causes such as homelessness, domestic violence, environmental awareness, natural disaster relief, human trafficking, and women empowerment.

RaQuel and Alex have been recognized and awarded for their humanitarian contributions by The Women’s Economic Forum and the United Nations and have also received the Presidential Award (2019). Together they connect people and brands that share a common interest in making positive global changes.

Alex Harris

Alex Harris is a Seventh Generation Antiques Dealer from the UK. He moved to the USA in 2004 and spent 11 years in NYC developing his business. He particularly specializes in vintage high-end jewelry with a client list of celebrities and royals clients.

While in NYC he started doing philanthropic work by founding a large social media network. In NYC his charity events quickly gained widespread attention for featuring internationally famous entertainers and working with foundations such as American Cancer Society, The National Wildlife Foundation, Wounded Warriors and The Salvation Army.

In 2015 Alex moved to Los Angeles to begin a new chapter with his girlfriend Raquel Sanchez. Together they combined their networks and rebranded them to create their luxury events and social media community, Kiss The Monkeys. They have won multiple awards for their humanitarian efforts and philanthropic contributions to national and global causes from organizations such as Arts For Peace and The World Networks that recognize entrepreneurs and dignitaries from all over the world.

Kiss The Monkeys is one of the most energetic communities on Facebook featuring its diverse members and creating the events where their members cross from VR to IRL all in the name of giving back. He inspires a World Wide Network to realize their own legacy through business and servitude. Alex’s most important role in life is being the proud father of his two children, Angus, Alana and working with his life partner RaQuel, who are the drive behind all things he does.

Photograph by Clear Photography at KTM’s most recent event Once Upon A Runway {A TOY STORY}.

Facebook: KissTheMonkeys

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