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PADRES Contra El Cáncer celebrated its Eighth Annual Fund–Raising Gala, “El Sueño De Esperanza” on Tuesday October 7, 2008 at the Hollywood & Highland Center – Grand Ballroom in Hollywood, California.  The evening was presented by FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP (FARMERS), and hosted by Eva Longoria Parker and comedian George Lopez.  The evening’s highlights included a live performance by multiple Latin Grammy award winning artist Alejandro Fernandez and Monterrey natives band Kinky.  Alejandro Fernandez and the audience enjoyed a special moment when a group of children walked on stage and presented Alejandro Fernandez with a gift to acknowledge his support of PADRES Contra El Cáncer.

Attendees of the gala included, Daisy Fuentes, Billy Bush, Amaury Nolasco, Carlos Ponce, Terry Crews, Fernando Del Rincon, Cristina Perez, Nestor Carbonell, Adam Rodriguez, Adrian Bellani, Eva La Rue, Constance Marie, and many more.  The night paid tribute to PADRES’ extraordinary children and families. “This celebration is such an inspiring experience not only for me, but for the many friends who share in the joy and the passion of PADRES’ life – saving mission,” said Eva Longoria Parker, who is also the National Spokesperson for PADRES. “I consider the opportunity to serve as a voice for these children and their families as one of my life’s greatest blessings.” 

“El Sueño De Esperanza” also recognized PADRES’ distinguished friends and colleagues for their humanitarian contributions in support of the cancer community.  Honorees included Derek Fisher (Point Guard for Los Angeles Lakers) and his wife Candace Fisher, cancer advocates who received the Champion of Hope Award; The Los Angeles Avengers, professional arena football team, who received the Ruby Oliva Cedillo Tribute Award for their unconditional support to PADRES; and FARMERS Insurance Group whose direct financial contributions in support of PADRES and its life–saving mission was acknowledged with the “El Sueño De Esperanza” Award. 

Sponsorship Information

To become a sponsor for next year’s El Sueño De Esperanza Gala please contact Maribel De La Torre, Director of Development at 800.269.4186 ext. 224 or email

Featured Musical Artist

Alejandro Fernández
Accompanied by Mariachi Sol de Mexico® de Jose Hernandez

PADRES extends its sincere gratitude to Alejandro Fernandez and his team for the selfless support and his brilliant performance at the 2008 El Sueño De Esperanza Gala.  Learn more


PADRES thanks Kinky for their gracious performance at the El Sueño de Esperanza Gala. Learn more

Gala Recap:

2008 Gala Photos view

Gala Video Clip view

Gala Press Release view