Mayor Bloomberg and other Luminaries Fete El Museo del Barrio

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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We at AVENUEinsider have been keeping ourselves busy with what is known about town as “gala season” – which kicks into high gear right after New York fashion week and continues straight through Memorial Day. But, alas, all good things must come to an end – and the El Museo del Barrio annual Gala has for years marked the traditional close to that whirlwind of charity fetes. This year was no different.

Held this Thursday at Cipriani 42nd Street, the Gala – which drew the likes of Fe and Alessandro Fendi; Board President Yaz Hernandez; Eleanora and Michael Kennedy; Kamie Lightburn; Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos; Narciso Rodriguez; Junior Council Chair Christine Miller Martin; Jean and Martin Shafiroff; and a cameo appearance by Mayor Michael Bloomberg – raised more than one million dollars for the museum.  Actor/Broadway veteran Raul Esparza was this year’s honoree for the Excellence in the Arts Award.

Over 600 guests were greeted with a specialty cocktail created by MundoFox in honor of El Museo’s Gala; this replaced the signature Cipriani Bellini. Mundo Fox was the sponsor of the 2013 Gala. Jeronimo Gaxiola Balsa designed the event’s decor; the Gala featured music by The Bob Hardwick Sound (led by Bob Hardwick), and music by DJ Honey Redmond kept the partying crowd dancing until midnight. Ending the season in style, indeed.


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