Friends of the Orphans’ gala at Fairchild Tropical Garden

By Robert Hamilton….
Friends of the Orphans’ Second Annual All the World to One Child Gala fundraiser sponsored by Chevron is taking place on Oct. 21, 8 p.m., at Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables.

The evening’s theme is to “Plant a Seed of Hope” and invest in a child’s future, giving them the start to a better life. Friends of the Orphans is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and abandoned children through the support of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), a network of orphanages, hospitals and community outreach programs that operates in Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
The evening is shaping up to be a memorable affair headlined by the emcee, renowned Mexican singer/actress/comedienne Angelica Vale and co-host, pop urban artist PeeWee. Friends of the Orphans is close to Vale’s heart, as its work originated in her homeland more than 50 years ago. Angelica is well known for her work on the Mexican telenovela La Fea Mas Bella (The Prettiest Ugly Girl) alongside her real-life mother, legendary actress Angelica Maria, who is also the evening’s guest of honor.

Pop urban artist and actor PeeWee is known for his hits Carita Bonita (Pretty Little Face) and Tan Feliz (So Happy) as well as starring in the Mexican telenovela Camaleones (Chameleons).

Other celebrity guests at the gala include Nicaraguan Latin music artist Luis Enrique and Grammy-award-winning Latin music producer Sergio George. Enrique’s hits include the Grammy-nominated song Amiga (Friend) from the Grammy-nominated album Luces del Alma (Lights of the Soul).

Also in attendance that evening will be Blanca Soto, Mexican actress, international model as well as 2010 All the World to One Child gala emcee, journalist and television news anchor Neida Sandoval.

Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and food stations along with Bacardi premium cocktails at an open bar. A silent auction and raffle, highlighted by a Cartier Solo Small Steel timepiece with Opaline silver dial along with vacation, restaurant and luxury packages and fine wines, also will take place.

Sponsors of the second annual All the World to One Child gala are Gold Benefactor sponsor Chevron; patron sponsors Bacardi and Joseph Nader, chief investment officer, Coral Gables Trust Company; Friend of Friends sponsors Jorge Uribe, Sotheby’s Realty, Hogan Lovells, AR New York and Agostón wines, and Mentor sponsor American Airlines.

To purchase tickets to the gala at $150 per person, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call Friends of the Orphans Southeast Region Miami office at 305-663-6211 or visit www.friendsoftheorphans/2011SE.

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