Honoring Leaders and Designers

Vision and Leadership and Hispanic Designers galas turn spotlight on community, artistic successr

By Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr
Published on LatinoLA: October 23, 2000

Honoring Leaders and Designers

Acting legend Ricardo Montalban, State Senator Hilda Solis and Wells Fargo Bank President & CEO, Richard M. Kovacevich were honored with the distinguished California Vision and Leadership Award at the recent CHARO 33rd Anniversary Black-tie Gala held at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA. "We want to underscore the many roads our honorees have paved for the advancement of the Latino community," said William Elkins, Vice president, Columbia Foundation and Chairman of the Vision and Leadership Awards.
Ricardo Montalban was honored with the Hispanic Heritage Month California Vision & Leadership Lifetime Achievement award for his life-long career as an actor, with more than 50 motion pictures in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Gifted with charm, charisma, and handsome looks, he continues to work on improving the image of Latinos in the entertainment industry. Recently, business and community leaders collaborated to establish the Ricardo Montalban Foundation, acquiring Hollywood's landmark Dolittle Theater to carry on his vision as the Ricardo Montalban Academy for the Performing Arts.
Congressional candidate Hilda Solis was awarded for her willingness to take-on tough legislation issues as a State Senator. She has authored landmark legislation in the areas of domestic violence, labor, environmental protection, education, crime, and most recently welfare reform. Wells Fargo Bank was honored for their commitment to community reinvestment and bridging the gap between the financers and entrepreneurs.
As one of the top Latino nonprofits in the nation, CHARO uses a holistic approach to advancement with the Business Financial Center, Business Assistance Center, California Institute of Business Management, Welfare to Work services, Veteran's Program, One-Stop Career Center, Child Development Centers, and Business Incubator. For more information on CHARO programs contact Community Relations Officer Carmen Camacho at (323) 269-0751 or email ccamacho@charocorp.com.
The third stop of the Hispanic Designer Millennium Tour honored local fashion designers to an event that showcased a stellar cross-section of LatinoLA notables
Raising money for educational programs, sponsorships, seminars and internships for students, the evening featured a fashion show with the latest creations from top designers as well as some from a few very new hot ones. On the runway were the modas calientes from such locals as Santa Monica's David Cardona, pictured here with KABC's Laura Diaz. Other homies included Henry Duarte and Estevan Ramos, LA and Tarina Tarantino and Elizabeth Galinda, Hollywood. Cardona won an Emmy Award for his costume design work on the Cher Tour.
The program included a tribute to California designers Travilla, Manuel Cuevas and Luis Estevez. Estevez' designs are known worldwide, worn by such Hollywood classicas as Cyd Charisse, Lana Turner, Natalie Wood and others.
Among the familiar faces in the crowd were noted local designer Eduardo Lucero, TV actress Sela Ward, LA mayor candidate Antonio Villaraigosa and sponsor Glaude Gibian, Seagram Americas/Crown Royal. More on Hispanic Designers at http://www.hispanicdesigners.org

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