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FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach shined with the presence of international Latin artists during the fourth annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on March 25, 2006, at Lummus Park on Ocean Drive.
For the fourth consecutive year, Cuban-born actress and supermodel Daisy Fuentes served as the celebrity chair. The gala featured live performances by renowned singer-songwriter and Grammy® Award winner Jose Feliciano, salsa singer and Grammy Award nominee Gilberto Santa Rosa (the Salsa Music's Gentleman) and Universal Music Latino recording artist Javier Garcia. Hosting the evening were actor, singer and correspondent of Entertainment Tonight Carlos Ponce and Univision presenter Giselle Blondet.
FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a five-day event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates the energy and substance of style across classes and cultures. This year, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach partnered with St. Jude to incorporate one of the event’s fashion shows with the FedEx Angels & Stars gala.
World-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto was this year’s Angel & Stars Gala honoree. Britto has donated numerous creations and designs to various children-related charities in Miami and all over the world. Britto’s work Season of Miracles, which is featured in the Patient Care Center lobby of St. Jude, offers a joyous vision to the daily presence of those patient families benefited by the life-saving work of St. Jude. Britto donated the artwork to St. Jude when the new PCC opened in 1995.
“This gala is about bringing the hearts and minds of the South Florida community together to help the children of St. Jude through increased awareness and philanthropic support,” said Julio C. Barrionuevo, Vice President of Finance, Planning and Engineering and Chair of the St. Jude Gala Planning Committee. “St. Jude has helped children from all over the world, including many from Latin American and Caribbean countries. I am proud to say that improving the lives of children around the world is part of the FedEx culture because we share the same ‘Absolutely, Positively Whatever it Takes’ attitude for business as we do for integrating ourselves into the communities where we live and work.”
Since 2002, FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean Division has been the title sponsor of
St. Jude Angel & Stars Gala. Gala sponsors included FedEx Express, Stanford Financial, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, VISA, Coors, Yahoo! en Español, Gibson Guitar, Cedars Medical Center, Bacardi U.S.A., Inc, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Grey Goose and ABAD Corp.
This year’s ceremony included a silent auction, fashion show presented by European designer, DRAGANA, testimonials by St. Jude patient survivors, dinner and live entertainment. Also featured were appearances by Arturo Sandoval, Luis Enrique, Eduardo Osorio, Sissi and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez.
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