GALA Salutes Benefactors, Tango Quintet
Noche de Estrellas/Night of the Stars celebrated the artistic vision and youth education initiatives of GALA -- Group of Latin American Artists -- May 13. Guests enjoyed a rooftop reception, featuring paella and other delectables, before a program that honored the late entrepreneur Michael Kappaz, philanthropist Malan Strong and Quin Tango chamber tango quintet. As an Argentine, GALA co-founder Hugo Medrano said that the group’s songs “explain the tango as a culture.” The entertainment also included soprano Elisa Córdova, performance artist Alina Collins Maldonado and Paso Nuevo, a project that helps at-risk Latino youth. Following a spirited live auction, guests enjoyed a champagne toast and dessert.