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Eva Longoria Parker Honored at PADRES Contra El Cáncer 20th Anniversary Gala Presented by Farmers Insurance

Event Raised Over $150,000 for PADRES Contra El Cancer Helping Latino Children with Cancer and Their Families

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 1, 2005 – Eva Longoria Parker accepted her new-role as National Spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cáncer on March 31, 2005, at the organization’s 20th Anniversary Gala. Ms. Longoria also received the first annual Ruby Oliva Cedillo Award for her outstanding work as an ambassador for Latino children with cancer and their families. The event, which was held at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, raised over $150,000 for PADRES Contra El Cáncer.

Ms. Longoria was accompanied by fellow Desperate Housewives cast-mates Marica Cross and Felicity Huffman who where on hand to lend their support to PADRES Contra El Cáncer. Also in attendance were Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn, California Senator Gilbert Cedillo, Giselle Fernandez, noted fashion designer Eduardo Lucero and Mia St. John. The auctioning of two dates with Ms. Longoria, totaling $20,000, left attendees on the edge of their seats. The evening concluded with performances by La Ley and Ozomatli.

Celebrating 20 years of service to its community, PADRES has served 3,200 families and more than 16,000 extended family members residing in the Southern California region. Founded in 1985, PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES) is the only Latino organization of its kind in the United States to bring together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders. The success of PADRES’ unique and inclusive program model is premised upon a health and education curriculum designed to be culturally-relevant, family-centered and community-based. All PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from all races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. For more information visit

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