Press Room

Press Release


PADRES Contra El Cáncer and Ralphs/Food 4 Less Provide Holiday Feasts for Children with Cancer and their Families


Five hundred children with cancer and their families will kick off the holiday season with PADRES Contra El Cáncer, Ralphs/Food 4 Less, Azteca 54 and the Los Angeles Avengers at PADRES’ Annual "Harvest For HOPE" Thanksgiving Basket Distribution. Held at STAPLES Center, this event will also feature activities including arts and crafts, and an Avengers football toss.

"The holidays are a very special time of year for our families, but unfortunately, many are unable to provide a real Thanksgiving meal for their children," said Elvia Barboa, CEO of PADRES. "This year, through a generous donation from Ralphs/Food 4 Less and support from Azteca 54 and the LA Avengers, our families will have everything they need to create an unforgettable holiday feast."


Special guests include: actors Adrian Bellani and Matt Cedeño; the LA Avengers’ A-Team Dancers; Nancy Agosto and other Azteca 54 personalities; and elected officials including San Fernando City Councilwoman Maribel De La Torre. Staff members from PADRES, Ralphs/Food 4 Less and the LA Avengers will also be on hand to interact with the families and distribute holiday food baskets.


Sunday, November 19, 2006


STAPLES Center – Lot 5
Corner of Figueroa and 12th Streets
Los Angeles, CA 90015

About Padres

PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES) is a non–profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. 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. Celebrating 20 years of service, PADRES brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders as well as effective methods for treatment. Since March, 2005, actress Eva Longoria Parker has served as PADRES’ National Spokesperson. For more information about PADRES, visit

About Ralphs/Food 4 Less

Ralphs and Food 4 Less believe in being good corporate citizens by contributing to the diverse communities they serve. Last year, Ralphs and Food 4 Less provided more than $15 million in cash and in-kind donations to organizations focused on health, education, the fight against hunger and developing our youth. Ralphs/Food 4 Less was founded in 1873 and currently operates more than 400 conventional and warehouse-style supermarkets in California, Nevada, Illinois and Indiana, from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Ralphs and Food 4 Less are divisions of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit and

About Azteca America

Azteca America is the fastest-growing Hispanic network in the United States. The network is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V., one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television content in the world. Azteca America currently has presence in 52 Hispanic markets, including: Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, San Antonio, Phoenix, Brownsville-McAllen, Albuquerque, San Diego, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, El Paso, Fresno-Visalia, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Orlando, Tampa, Austin, Tucson, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Hartford, Monterey-Salinas, Bakersfield, Portland, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Salt Lake City, Laredo, Colorado Springs, Odessa, Santa Barbara, Lubbock, Amarillo, Palm Springs, Naples-Ft. Myers, Yakima, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Reno, Boise, Omaha, Victoria, Chattanooga and Charleston.



Maribel De La Torre
323.850.7901 x 224 (office)