Friday, March 4, 2011

Latino Celebrities, Artist and Business Professionals in New York Unite to Support The 2nd Annual St. Jude “Gala Por La Vida” Event

NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2011) – The leadership and influence of recognized Latino business professionals and executives in New York has set the tone for the launch of the second annual “Gala por la Vida” (Gala for Life) event, a night of hope for children who are suffering from cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital. The gala will take place on April 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the exclusive Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts in New York. Thanks to events like Gala por la Vida, St. Jude is able to continue providing lifesaving medical treatments to children fighting cancers like leukemia, regardless of a family’s inability to pay.

This incredible gala will include an exclusive fashion show by renowned Colombian designer Raul Peñaranda. Peñaranda, who is recognized for his work with Oscar de la Renta and for a recent recognition at New York Fashion Week, has donated a showing of his exclusive Fall 2011 collection to Gala por la Vida. More than 300 guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening next to their favorite Latin music and television stars, and New York’s philanthropic community as they walk the red carpet. Guests will also taste a menu exclusively designed for the gala by Salvadorian chef and Food Network star Ricardo Cardona. Chef Cardona, who will soon be featured in an upcoming show on TLC, is also known for being a personal chef to celebrities like Marc Anthony, Jennifer López and the New York Yankees, among others. This year’s gala also counts on the support of Vanidades magazine, Univision Radio, Telemundo and performances by Fragancia and Alex Sensation.

“The members of the committee are putting forth their best resources and contacts to provide hope to the thousands of children who need treatment at St. Jude,” said Liliana Gil, chair of the Gala por la Vida committee. The committee counts on the generous support of dedicated volunteers such as Chris Valletta, ex NFL player and former cast member of the “Apprentice”; Cesar Camacho, the event's creative director and producer; fashion consultant Valentina Henao, Karen Hoyos, Mark Antonacci, Carlos Vasallo, David A. Chitel, Karla Micalizzi, Diane Rankin, Gabriela Nevez, Michael A. Fernandez, Kelly Ramirez, Martha Llamoza, Mary C. Miqueli, Monica Dias, Warren Peña, Gabriela Poler, Jesús Maldonado, Concha Valadez, Katherine Salazar and Windy Lopez.

For more information on purchasing tickets to the gala, sponsorships or donating silent auction items, please contact (212) 239-3239 or visit This year, we also ask the community to take part in a text messaging campaign benefiting St. Jude by texting the word “VIDA” to 90999 to donate $10 for the children of St. Jude.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation's top children's cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to

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