Photos by Nikki Artale
On October 15, 2011 the Tropicana Las Vegas Resort & Casino, along with PADRES Contra El Cancer (Parents against Cancer) hosted the 11th annual EL Sueno de Esperanza Gala. PADRES is an organization that is committed to improve the quality of life for Latino children that have cancer.
National spokesperson Eva Longoria and Master of Ceremonies George Lopez hosted its annual fundraising gala event at the Tropicana. Many celebrities walked the red carpet along with the children who appeared in their finest clothes and smiles. One young boy in particular, Dominic touched our hearts with his shy smile as he talked about his work as a landscape artist that he began over one year ago when he was six years old. He walked the carpet with Stefano Langone, an American Idol Finalist. Stefano is a charming, handsome young man.
Eva Longoria is so beautiful and charming and she spent a lot of time with the photographers and interviewers. Eva said she has been honored to be a part of the PADRE family for the last eight years and has watched it grow into a national organization. I am a fan of Eva’s from the Desperate Housewives and it was exciting to meet her and talk to her. I loved her character as Gabrielle Solis and now as Eva. George Lopez was a delight to talk to and I saw how much he cared about the children.
Barbara Padilla, the first runner up of America’s Got Talent, was one of the musical tribute performers for the evenings gala.
Cristian de la Fuente who is a PADRES Ambassador, brought his daughter Laura to spend time with the children, their families and celebrities.
The quality and care of these children have been provided for by PADRES as they help thousands of children that are affected by cancer and blood diseases. Over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. No family is ever turned away and all services are free, “Where there is Life, there is always Hope”.
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