LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) celebrated their 13th Annual Fundraising Gala, "El Sueno de Esperanza" at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. With more than 400 celebrities and leaders in business, entertainment and philanthropy in attendance, the event helped raise funds that will support PADRES in their mission to provide children with cancer and their families with the programs and services they need to find HOPE while they battle this devastating disease.
Among the event attendees were Mario Lopez, who served as Master of Ceremonies, sharing the stage with national spokespersons, Eva Longoria and Beto Cuevas. The evening also included the presence of families and children that PADRES benefits every year, who were truly the stars of the Gala, and who were present to inspire attendees with their stories.
"We are very excited to share the success of our Gala in raising much needed funds to continue our labor of HOPE", said Elvia Barboa, CEO of PADRES. "I appreciate all the effort that our national spokespersons, sponsors, staff and the general public placed to support children with cancer and provide them and their families with the resources they need."
Latin Grammy Award winning Artist, Ana Barbara was the surprise of the evening. She interpreted a moving, special tribute performance, dedicated to cancer survivors. Another performer of the Gala was world renowned flamenco singer and percussionist, Antonio Carmona and international flamenco entertainers Manuel Gutierrez and Fanny Ara, who delighted the audience with their passionate performance.
As part of this gala, Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican rock singer and actress, Alejandra Guzman and Multiple Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winning regional Mexican music singer and songwriter, Joan Sebastian, were the two special honorees of the evening, receiving an award for their tireless efforts of HOPE against cancer.
Additional celebrity attendees included Edward James Olmos, Yancey Arias, Enrique Gutierrez, Amaury Nolasco, Keven Ramirez, Josie Loren, Enrique Castillo, Panky Savinon, Constance Marie, Matt Cedeno, Dania Ramirez, Edy Ganem, Cassie Scerbo, Rafael Amaya, Angelica Celaya and many more.
Official 13th Annual Gala Sponsors included: Verizon, AEG, BlackBerry, Keck Hospital of USC and Univision Los Angeles 34, whose generous support will directly increase the number of children and communities that PADRES is able to serve as part of its National expansion throughout California, South Florida, New York and Nevada.
The event also included a celebrity red carpet, cocktail reception, VIP lounge, gourmet cuisine and beverages by Wolfgang Puck Catering.
PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) is an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from ALL races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. Celebrating 28 of years of service, PADRES brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders as well as effective methods for treatment. Please join our National Spokespersons Eva Longoria and Beto Cuevas in the fight against childhood cancer. To learn more about PADRES, visit www.IAmHOPE.org
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For more information about 'El Sueno De ESPERANZA' Gala, please visit: www.ElSuenoDeESPERANZA.org
SOURCE PADRES Contra El Cancer