American Cancer Society’s Miami Gala 2014

Event chairs Felipe and Lourdes Valls

The glamorous model Naty Abascal was the Goodwill International Chair of the American Cancer Society’s Miami Gala 2014 which was held this Saturday April 5th at the JW Marriott Marquis under the theme Le Bal De Bijoux. More than eight-hundred influential leaders within Miami’s social and corporate communities gathered for a night of elegance, exquisite food, and live entertainment to support the fight against cancer.

This magnificent event was presented by South Florida Ford Dealers Association and its purpose wasn’t only to raise much needed funds to support the American Cancer Society’s free services to cancer patients in the community and already established programs and research studies to stop this disease; but it also honored the philanthropic work of Remedios & Fausto Diaz-Oliver, loyal volunteers of the Organization and huge Community Leaders in Miami.

“This year our event is going back in time to the successful Gala that we celebrated 30 years ago under the same theme. That year Joan Collins & Sarita Montiel participated of our event. This year we’ve achieved a highly memorable night with our special guest Naty Abascal, our MC Lilly Estefan & Eugene Ramírez, the tribute to Remedios & Fausto Díaz-Oliver, the breathtaking décor by WOW Factor and the great night that we prepared for all our attendees.” said Lourdes Valls, Gala Chair 2014.

Chairpersons for this year’s gala fundraiser were Lourdes and Felipe Valls and it was also Co-Chaired by Lilliam and Gus Machado and Silvia Rios Fortun and Rigo Lesteiro. Madeleine and Pedro Munilla served as Honorary Chairs.

Honorees Remedios and Fausto Diaz-Oliver

Some of the Key Sponsors were: South Florida Ford, All American Containers, Munilla Family Foundation, Ortega Foundation, Versailles Cuban Restaurant, Diario Las Américas, Cantera & Associates, Carlos Centurión, Greenberg Traurig, Mira TV, Gus Machado Family Foundation, León Medical Centers, María and Pepe Sánchez, Silvia Ríos Fortún & Rigo Lesteiro, among much others that supported this event in order to actively join the fight against cancer in the Nation.

At this Gala the attendees enjoyed a Red Carpet, Cocktail, Silent and Live Auction, Exquisite Dinner and also danced to the music of The Chase Band. “This is one of the most important philanthropic events in all Miami, thanks to the Support of all the community we raised more than $750,000 that will go directly to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Its mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.” added Lillian Machado, Gala Co-Chair 2014.

For more information on how to support the American Cancer Society or how to become a volunteer please call Karla Pascua, Sr. Specialist, Distinguished Events to 305-779-2879 or

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