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Latin singer Juanes honored at eighth annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala

Diasy Fuentes, Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Juanes and St. Jude patients.

Daisy Fuents and Laton Grammy Award-winning singer and
songwriter Juanes with St. Jude patients at the eighth annual
FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital honored LATIN GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and songwriter Juanes with the 2010 “Al-Rashid Hope Award” for his international humanitarian efforts at the eighth annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala on May 15, 2010, at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

The event was hosted by popular Spanish television host Ana Maria Canseco and national radio personality Javier Romero. More than 550 guests enjoyed an unforgettable star-studded evening, as well as live performances by LATIN GRAMMY Award-winning singer, and long-time St. Jude supporter Luis Enrique and Noel Schajris, former member of the Latin group Sin Bandera. Guests also enjoyed an elegant dinner, cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka, a silent auction and entertainment by renowned MTV DJ Mauricio Parra.

St. Jude patients walked the red carpet along with gala hostess Daisy Fuentes and welcomed Latin celebrities from the entertainment industry including Claudia Castillo, Poncho de Anda, Patricia de Leon, Adriana Fonseca, Rodner Figueroa, Candela Ferro, Danna Garcia, Evelyn Lozada, Karla Martinez, Miguelito, Karla Monroig, la Jueza Christina Pereira, Dana Ramirez, Maritza Rodriguez, Betty Pino, Alberto Sardiñas, Paula Arcila, Osvaldo Vega, Neyda Sandoval and Felipe Viel.

“I feel so honored to receive this award given by St. Jude," said Colombian singer Juanes. "After learning more about this great hospital I was deeply touched, not only for its mission to save the lives of children with cancer, but also by the great work that St. Jude does in other countries around the world. As a father, I can’t help but be profoundly touched by the children who are currently being treated at St. Jude. At this great hospital our children have hope, and that is why I joined this cause, and with sincere gratitude accept this award.”

Last year’s FedEx/St. Jude gala honored Tommy and Thalia Mottola and raised funds in support of the groundbreaking research and lifesaving care provided by St. Jude for children from across the country and around the world. Events like this help to support lifesaving initiatives such as the St. Jude International Outreach Program, which has dramatically increased the survival rates for children with cancer around the world over the past three decades. This program has partnered with clinics in more than 15 countries including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Honduras, Chile and Brazil.

“FedEx is proud to honor Juanes for his humanitarian efforts around the world and to include him in our St. Jude family,” said Julio C. Barrionuevo, vice president of Finance, Planning and Engineering for FedEx Express, Latin America & Caribbean and Chair of the 2010 FedEx/St. Jude Gala.  FedEx has been the title sponsor of the Angel & Stars Gala since its inception in 2002. “The work that St. Jude does is incomparable, which is why FedEx has supported this prestigious medical institution for the past 30 years.”

“It was a pleasure for me to present Juanes with this award for his humanitarian efforts. I am honored to represent St. Jude in such a marvellous event, and I am so happy to see how this event has grown over the years,” said Daisy Fuentes.

“Our St. Jude family congratulates Juanes with this special recognition for his philanthropic work, and we are so excited that he was a part of our FedEx/St. Jude gala, which unites Miami's Hispanic community in honor of our children,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

Gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, Pollo Campero, The Gutierrez Family ,VISA , Carnival, International Dermatology, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Tony & Sandy Tamer, The "M" Point, AT&T, Stephen James & Associates, Univision Radio, Ketchum, Byblos Group, DDB,  MillerCoors, Navarro Discounted  Pharmacies, Leader Jet, Grupo Akkar, MasterCard, Eastman Chemical, Pacific Cable Television, Inktel Direct, León Medical Centers, Westin Hotels, Ernst & Young, Chevron, Segafredos, Saks Fifth Avenue,  Noiseworks Productions and cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka.


June 2010