April 22, 2008 -
NYC. Yaz and Valentin Hernández welcomed guests
to their beautiful Park Avenue home for
cocktails to announce the upcoming El Museo Gala
El Museo's 15th
Annual Gala, a Quinceanero, Thursday, May 22,
2008 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
As it is the Latin American Tradition, El Museo
Gala's fifteenth birthday was celebrated in the
style of a quinceanero; this is a coming-of-age
party for a daughter turning fifteen. For this
gala, guests were invited to wear white or
black (with long gloves and tiara optional).
At the Gala, El
Museo will honor Ambassador Paul L. Cejas ans
Mrs. Trudy Cejas, Dr. Mario Vargas Llosa, and
Mr. Angel Collado-Schwarz of Fundacion Voz del
Centro. Special guests will include Miss
Universe, Miyo Mori, Miss Teen USA, Hilary Cruz;
and the newly crowned Miss USA, and
they will be wearing their tiaras.
El Museo Gala has
become one of the most glamorous evenings on the
New York social calendar, receiving media
coverage throughout the United States and the
Latin world. This elegant evening begins at
seven o'clock with a formal reception line and
cocktails, followed at eight o'clock by
Cipriani's famous cuisine and dancing. It's a
grand occasion but never boring, with guests
flying in from two continents. The evening's
goal is to raise one million dollars,a first
for El MUseo's Galas.
This Year's Gala
Chairs are Yaz and Valentin Hernández
and Isabel Toledo.
Vice-Chairs are Estrellita Brodsky, Clarrisa
Bronfman, and Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue. Maya
Hernandez, Luisana Mendoza, Jana Pasquel de
Shapiro, Carlos Ponce, Samantha Thompson, and
Whitney Wolfe are Junior Chairs.
honorary committee includes Nati Abascal,
Jonathan Adler, Gustavo Arango, Jose Solis
Betancourt, Tory Burch, Francisco Costa,
Christian Cota, Simon Doonan, Alex Gonzales,
Agnes Gund, Susan Gutfreund, Carolina Herrera,
Candy Pratts Price, Narcisco Rodriguez, Ralph
Rucci, Angel Sanchez, Richard Turley, Donatella
Versace, Michael Vollbracht, Diane von
Furstenberg, and Sarah Wolfe.
El Museo del
Barrio was founded in 1969, and is New York's
leading Latino cultural institution,
representing the diversity of art and culture in
all of the Caribbean and Latin America. El
Muuseo has had a significant impact on New
York's culture, and is a major stop on
Manhattan's Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue.
Currently El Museo is undergoing a $22
million-dollar facelift, which will be completed
in the fall of 2009.
information please contact:
Matthew Bregman at