The second annual Starlite Gala was held on Saturday, August 6th 2011 at the Villa Padierno Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain. Co-hosts Eva Longoria and Antonio Banderas, along with other special-guest support and contribution, raised money to support various charities ranging from financially supporting terminally ill cancer patients to helping impoverished children in Mexico obtain education.

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Among the special guests that attended, Yucatan Holidays CEO Erika Garcia and Yucatan Holidays representatives, Sherif Abd Rabbo, Paul Mattimoe and Gustavo Miranda were present. The Yucatan Holidays group auctioned off two vacation packages to the Riviera Maya which raised 16,000 euros for the event. Other well-known guests included philanthropist, Sandra Garcia Sanjuan, super model, Eugenia Silva, Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson Five and many more. Other items auctioned included a day on the set of Desperate Housewives with Eva Longoria, tickets to Rock in Rio and invitations to the Cannes Film Festival.

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The foundations Niños en Alegría, The Eva Longoria Fund and Lagrimas y Favores, supported by Antonio Banderas, were the three charities represented at the event. The Eva Longoria Fund , founded by Ms. Longoria and located in San Antonio, Texas, was created to help children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities flourish in today’s society. Niños en Alegría supports impoverished children in a western region of Mexico and assists them in obtaining education. Lagrimas y Favores backed by Mr. Banderas and his wife, Melanie Griffin, is a non-profit organization that not only assists in financially supporting cancer patients but creates educational scholarships for the University of Malaga, Spain.

With plans already in themaking for Starlite Gala 2012, it is safe to say that this year’s event was a great success. After the auction, guest then celebrated early into the morning on Puro Beach whilst being accompanied by musical performances by Spanish female vocalist Marta Sanchez among others.

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One Response to “Starlite Gala 2011”

  1. Maria Garcia

    Expectacular la chica rubia de rojo Victoria Martinez. Los demas tambien muy guapos y elegantes pero como ella ninguna en esa fiesta.

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