Hispanic designers, stars and business owners came out in force at the 2014 Cielo Latina fundraiser for Hispanic AIDS initiatives on Thursday.
Project Runway star Mondo Guerra, HIV and AIDS advocate Maria Mejia, and pharmaceutical firm Janssen Therapeutics received awards at the gala event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The event is the largest fundraiser for Hispanic AIDS initiatives in the U.S., according to a news release.
The event's theme was Designing a World Without AIDS (Diseñando un Mundo sin SIDA), a campaign that the commission launched last year and will continue as it gets ready for its 25th anniversary in 2015.
"This is a night full of hope and commitment to continue our journey and complete our mission to design a world without AIDS because of the incredible partnerships that have come together to make this evening possible in support of our work," said Guillermo Chacon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
Actor Tony Plana and NBC4 New York anchor Sibila Vargas hosted the evening. Awards bestowed on the honorees by the likes of actors Rosie Perez and Ismael Cruz Cordova and designers Victor de Souza and Layana Aguilar.
Singer, producer and composer Henry Santos was inducted as the newest padrino (godfather) of the commission by its current madrina (godmother), Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler.
A silent auction included an exclusive design for the evening by Latina designer Cenia Paredes. Entertainment was provided by the dance troupe Baila Society and Jose "El Canario" Alberto.
The Cielo scented candle by Concentration de Parfums was lit at the event to symbolize the contributions of the honorees in addressing HIV and AIDS issues.
"We are holding a candle for our cause," said Richard Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO of Concentration de Parfums and chair of the Cielo Latino benefit committee. He said the company had produced a limited run of the candles but hoped to have it as a permanent part of its line.
"We hope the public will join us in our effort to give back in commemoration of the commission's hard work in the fight against AIDS over the last 25 years," he added. Proceeds from sales of the candle will go to support the commission.
Pictured: Mondo Guerra, Fashion Designer and recipient of the Ilka Award; Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS; Ismael Cruz Cordova, Actor.
See more photos at the Latino Commission on AIDS website.
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