Press Room

Hundreds Gather on Wisteria Lane to Help Children with Cancer and Their Families

On September 6, PADRES Contra El Cáncer and its National Spokesperson Eva Longoria Parker welcomed over 700 esteemed guests to the Tampico Beverages El Sueño de Esperanza Gala. After a quick tram ride through the Universal Studios backlot, guests had the unique opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at one of television's most popular streets, Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane.

With Eva as the Event Chair and Billy Bush of Access Hollywood serving as the evening's Master of Ceremonies, a "who's who" of celebrities, elected officials and community advocates from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to actor George Lopez to social activist Dolores Huerta also attended the event to celebrate HOPE for children with cancer and their families.

The evening, which featured a seated dinner, silent auction and live musical entertainment by salsa bandleader Johnny Polanco y Conjunto Amistad, also included a live auction in which a date with Longoria sold for a whopping $100,000.

Every year, PADRES recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of children with cancer and their families. This year, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich were the recipients of the Champion of Hope award, while local businessman Lenny Sage was honored with the Ruby Oliva Cedillo Tribute Award.

Lance Armstrong

A champion in all aspects of his life, Lance Armstrong is the inaugural recipient of the Champion of Hope Award and the founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). In addition to donating more than $9.6 million toward cancer survivorship and testicular cancer research, the LAF has brought a new awareness to the disease with over 52 million people worldwide wearing the LIVESTRONG wristbands in support of people living with cancer today.

Through a grant from the LAF, PADRES established its signature program "Lives in Transition", which provides numerous families with the resources to help maintain their quality of life during the treatment of the disease.

Denise Rich

Very few songwriters have had the same amount of success as this year's recipient of the Champion of Hope Award. Ms. Rich, whose Grammy-nominated songs span different genres and languages, has also raised a significant amount of money for cancer research.

which encourages the development of more effective therapies for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers, in memory of her daughter Gabrielle Rich Aouad who passed away from AML leukemia.

Through Rich's efforts, the G&P; Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded over $6 million in grants to promising young researchers in the fields of leukemia and blood-related cancers at many of the country's leading institutions.

Lenny Sage

As Vice President of Sage Holding Company, Lenny Sage has utilized his partnerships within the community to raise funds and bring awareness to childhood cancer. Whether he is hosting Sage Auto Group toy drives during the holidays for children undergoing treatment in the hospital, securing special appearances by some of the region's most popular radio personalities for PADRES events or raising money to fund essential PADRES programs, Mr. Sage's commitment to the children in our community is evident in everything he does. In recognition of his dedication, Mr. Sage will be honored with the Ruby Oliva-Cedillo Tribute Award.

Mr. Sage's involvement with PADRES began in 1997 with a promotion to donate proceeds from auto sales to PADRES. Over the years, Mr. Sage's commitment to PADRES has grown, first as a member of the Board of Directors and most recently as the Second Vice-President of the Board.

Special thanks to our host committee, sponsors and donors for making this year's event a success!

Host Committee

  • Mrs. Corina Villaraigosa - First Lady of Los Angeles
  • Jessica Alba
  • Billy Bush
  • Ricardo Antonio Chavira
  • Marcia Cross
  • Oscar de la Hoya
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Felicity Huffman
  • Mario Lopez
  • Constance Marie
  • Carlos Mencia
  • Eva Mendes
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Tony Parker
  • Ken Paves
  • Paulina Rubio
  • Roselyn Sanchez
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Sofía Vergara