On The Avenue

Hispanic Society of America Hosts 2016 Gala

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Victor Hugo/PMC
Friday, October 14, 2016

The Hispanic Society of America made another lasting impression on the New York social scene. The organization hosted their annual gala on October 6 at the Metropolitan Club, the private social club founded by J.P. Morgan in 1891.

This year, the organization honored Álvaro Conde Díaz-Rubín, The Honorable James Costos and The Honorable Michael Smith, and The Honorable Plácido Domingo Embil, with the Sorolla Medal for excellence and contribution to Hispanic arts and culture.

In 1904, American scholar and philanthropist Archer M. Huntington founded the Hispanic Society as a means to promote the study of the rich arts and culture of Spain and its areas of influence throughout Latin America and the world. The Society’s museum and library collection includes nearly a million works.

This year’s gala was led by the Hispanic Society’s new chairman of the board, Dr. Phillipe de Montebello. In addition to Montebello, other hosts of the event included co-chairs Chantal Gut Revoredo, Andrés V. Gil, and Ana Laffont along with vice chairs Antonio del Valle and Young Committee co-chairs Right. Hon. Ramón Baiget, Juan Pablo and Bárbara del Valle.

The event began with a cocktail reception at 7:30, followed by a dinner and flamenco performance.

The cocktail hour began on the third floor of The Metropolitan Club. At 8:30, guests were shown to the first floor dining room to enjoy a beautiful dinner where the honorees received their awards. The flamenco dance performance was then given after the dinner, featuring the former students of The Escuela de Arte Flamenco de la Fundación Cristina Heeren.

This year’s guest list included H.E. Ramón Gil-Casares, Ambassador of Spain to the United States, H.E. Rafael Conde de Saro, General Consul of Spain in New York, H.E. Román Oyarzun, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations and H.E. Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Consul of Cultural Affairs of Spain in New York. Other special guests included Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Juan Antonio Peréz Simón, Silvia Gómez Cuétara, José Manuel Entrecanales, Monique Lhuiller, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Support was made possible by sponsors including Santander, Davis Polk, Fundación Kaluz, and Morgan Stanley. Wine was donated by Vivanco.

Visit the Hispanic Society’s website at hispanicsociety.org.



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