LAS VEGAS, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor and Comedian George Lopez, 2010 recipient of the 'El Sueno de Esperanza' Award will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies at the annual fundraising gala of PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) on October 15 at the all-new Tropicana Las Vegas. The event, presented by Farmers Insurance Group and hosted by Actress Eva Longoria, will raise funds to benefit PADRES' mission to improve the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.
"It has been an honor for me to be part of the PADRES family for the past eight years, supporting our children and helping PADRES to grow into a national organization. This year's gala in Las Vegas will undoubtedly increase pediatric cancer awareness and allow for PADRES' service expansion," said Eva Longoria, national spokesperson for PADRES.
More than 600 celebrities and leaders in business, entertainment and philanthropy are expected to attend. Invited guests include Jessica Alba, Beto Cuevas, Constance Marie, Marcia Cross, Derek Fisher, Andy Garcia, Daisy Fuentes, Felicity Huffman, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Mario Lopez, among others.
"We are thrilled to be hosting this year's gala at Tropicana Las Vegas. PADRES' unwavering commitment and desire to expand their services throughout the United States is a mission that we applaud and support whole-heartedly," said Tom McCartney, president and chief operating officer of Tropicana Las Vegas.
This year's honorees include Anschutz Entertainment Group and Timothy J. Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG, and Giselle Fernandez, Emmy Award-winning journalist and managing director of Creative World Management.
AEG and Leiweke will be recognized for their Commitment to Community Service with the distinguished 'Ruby Oliva Cedillo Award,' named in honor of California State Senator Gilbert A. Cedillo's beloved late wife who lost her battle with cancer.
Fernandez will be honored with this year's 'El Sueno de Esperanza' Award, recognizing her exemplary dedication, commitment and compassion toward improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
For individual tables, seats and sponsorship information please visit www.iamhope.org. For special room rates, please visit www.troplv.com or call 1.800.GO2.TROP 800.462.8767 and mention code SPAD011.
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