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MCH Foundation to Honor Gloria & Emilio Estefan

Friday, July 22, 2011


Miami Children’s Diamond Ball to be Held at JW Marriott Marquis Miami

MIAMI – Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCH Foundation) President & CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti today announced music legends and South Florida icons Gloria & Emilio Estefan will be inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame at Miami Children’s 2011 Diamond Ball. The gala will be held at JW Marriott Marquis Miami on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan web.jpg“Miami Children’s Hospital has been a pillar in our community for decades,” said Gloria and Emilio. We have personally been involved with the hospital and foundation on many levels and have witnessed firsthand the incredible care and service they provide to their patients and families. To be recognized and receive an honor of this caliber from an organization that does such great work for our families is truly an honor.”

Named after the first Chairman and President of MCH Foundation, the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame was created in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and happiness of children everywhere. It is the highest honor bestowed by MCH Foundation.

The Estefans will join an exclusive group of legendary children’s advocates, including Barbara & Jack Nicklaus, Dwyane Wade, Beyoncé Knowles, Walt Disney and Audrey Hepburn, among others.

The Estefans were selected for their work on behalf of children, not just in their own backyard, but on a global scale. For years, they have given their time and treasure and have helped create awareness for a variety of leading children’s causes through the Gloria Estefan Foundation. They are active supporters of MCH Foundation as well as other non-profits. Much of the time, their donations are made anonymously.

“Children’s lives have been saved as a result of the Estefans support and many times it goes unnoticed,” said Morillo-Agnetti. “Gloria and Emilio have instilled the value of philanthropy and their passion for children’s causes to their children and we believe this deserves to be recognized on an international level.”

One of South Florida’s most anticipated charity events, the Diamond Ball is known for amazing guests each year with unique venues, fresh themes and appearances by South Florida’s social elite.

The event previously has been held at AmericanAirlines Arena, featuring performances by Smokey Robinson and Gloria Gaynor, and the Fontainebleau with entertainment including Albita and Anthony Bucciero.

“This year we will create an ambiance of mystery and festive celebration with an elegant Masquerade theme,” said Morillo-Agnetti. “The Diamond Ball leaves lasting memories for our guests each year that create buzz for the following year. We like to start the social season with an event that is tough to match.”

Click here for a complete list of previous Hall of Fame inductees.  

To learn more about becoming a part of the 2011 Diamond Ball, please click here or contact Morgana Rolle at or 786.624.2038. 

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