More than 600 guests donned their best and boldest looks in support of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at the 13th annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami on Saturday, May 16.Gala co-founder Daisy Fuentes and patient StephanThe Gala was founded by Daisy Fuentes.This year, the event raised nearly half-a-million dollars in support of the children of St. Jude.Chilean-born television icon Don Francisco was recognized for his worldwide commitment to giving back to others. Don Francisco is the host of “Sábado Gigante,” Univision’s longest-running program that will end its successful on-air stretch of more than 53 years this coming September.“I feel very honored to have been recognized by this prestigious hospital,” said Don Francisco. “I was well aware of the amazing work that they do but even more impressive is the fact that St. Jude freely shares their breakthroughs. This means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.”Guests enjoyed an evening that included a special testimony by a St. Jude family, live and silent auctions, and a performance by one the most famous groups of Cuban reggaton in today’s music industry, Gente D’ Zona. The evening also featured additional live performances by Latin crossover R&B star Frankie J., and the man known as the “DJ of the Stars,” DJ Africa.Celebrity presenters for the evening included Alberto Sardiñas, Enrique Santos, Gaby Espino, Ismael Cala, Lili Estefan, Rashel Diaz, and FannyLu.In the past, the gala has honored some of the most recognized and celebrated artists in Latin music and entertainment for their humanitarian work, such as Romero Britto, Juanes, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Tommy and Thalia Mottola, Chef Adrianne Calvo and Coach Don Shula.This year’s gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, Sammy Sosa, Carnival, Visa, Zoological Wildlife Foundation, International Dermatology Research, Neutrogena, Fortune, Univision, Andreas and Kalkidan Kaiafas, Hola America, Ministerio de Fomento, YEZZ, The Al-Rashid Family, American Tower Corporation, Arven Financial, Arteasans Beverages, LLC., Powerful Yogurt, Leon Medical Centers, DDB Latina, Byblos Group, Ernst & Young, The Tamer Family, Bacardi, Nuage Designs, Casa Diris, Nassab A. Ahmadieh Graphic Design & Photography, People en Español, Amor 107.5 FM, Mix 98.3 FM, Radio Mambí 710 AM, Univision America 1140 AM, and The Dream Team Agency.
On Monday, October 12, 2015, tennis stars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.“It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with Aid for AIDS of Nevada to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”“It is great to have Mylan WTT Smash Hits back in the U.S. and even better that we are making our first trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world,” said Billie Jean King. “Smash Hits is one of my favorite and most meaningful events of the year and we are looking forward to a successful and entertaining night this October at Caesars Palace.”Tennis action is set for 7 p.m. PT. The pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 23rd. For information on tickets – including group sales and VIP ticket packages – click here or call (212) 586-3444 x111.Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a Mylan WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The overall series is tied 11-11 between Team Elton and Team Billie Jean. Team Billie Jean won the 2014 event in London with a 22-16 victory.This will be the 13th Smash Hits appearance for Agassi. The 8-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 is well-known for his philanthropy, which includes starting the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. Agassi was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.This is the third Smash Hits appearance for Graf, a fellow Hall of Famer. Graf has long been considered one of the greatest players in tennis history, winning 107 singles titles, 22 Grand Slam singles championships, and an Olympic gold medal before retiring in 1999. Graf and her husband Andre Agassi have two children, daughter Jaz and son Jaden. Graf is very active with her charity Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation with the aim of supporting children and families who have become victims of war, persecution and organized violence.Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, was one of the participants in the first Smash Hits event in 1993 and will be making her 11th appearance. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 177 doubles titles.Roddick returns to Smash Hits for an 11th time. The popular American standout won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, including the 2003 US Open, and was ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. Along with Venus Williams, Roddick is part of the WTT Ownership Group. He also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.
Priscilla WolfAPTN NewsThe family of a man who died in the custody of the Winnipeg police say he was a “good guy” who loved his children.Randy Cochrane died July 14 after being confronted by Winnipeg police in the city’s notorious North End.“He was a good guy everybody does things that are not so good sometimes,” said Cochrane’s sister Kayla Barthelette. “But he was a good person he had 3 little girls he was a good dad to them he loved them so much.He loved everybody in his family. He had a big heart he always wanted to help everybody.”Cochrane is the fourth Indigenous man who has died in the custody of the Winnipeg police in 2019.According to a release by Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit who is looking into the incident, officers observed a man who appeared to be armed and bleeding.They started a foot chase and eventually Cochrane was taken into custody.Cochrane was the father of three girls.Police say he was agitated at the time of his arrest – and then he became unresponsive.Winnipeg Fire and paramedics were called and Cochrane was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.Monica Murdock, Cochrane’s cousin, says the Health Sciences centre told her family that Cochrane had a heart attack and had a high fever.She said they told here there were no other injuries on his body.“They took us into a room and they were talking to us and said they brought Randy in about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday unresponsive already with a fever of 40,” she said.Murdock says the family wasn’t allowed to see Cochrane’s body because they were told he died in police custody and the case is under investigation.“They wouldn’t let us see the body we were like can we see the body we were like can we just see him someone needs to identify him,” she said. “It’s Randy its his tattoos. I don’t know we said we won’t touch him we will just look at him.He’s all alone down there They said no.”The family is hoping his body will be released soon so they can hold a funeral.Since the matter involves a fatality in police custody, a request for a civilian monitor will be made to the Manitoba Police Commission.firstname.lastname@example.org