Latino Commission on AIDS

Photos from the 25th Anniversary of Cielo Latino

Photo: Jhon Caballero

May 15th 2015 marked the 25th anniversary celebration of the Latino Commission on AIDS with its annual Cielo Latino Gala, which took place at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York’s Financial District. This year’s Madrina was Miss Universe Paulina Vega, who also happens to appear on the April 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine! For more information on the gala and the Latino Commission on AIDS, go to and


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WHAT: The annual Cielo galaDesigning a World Without AIDS” will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Latino Commission on AIDS with a star-studded event that will commemorate all the work the Commission has done to help eradicate HIV and AIDS and help raise funds to support the cause.

WHO: President, Latino Commission on AIDS: Guillermo Chacon
Honorary Co-Chairs: Rosie Perez, Actor and Mondo Guerra, Fashion Designer
Madrina: Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega
Honorees from the Busines and Entertainment Worlds:

  • Delta Air Lines, Business Leadership Award
  • Dan O’Connell, Director, NYS AIDS Institute, Esperanza Award
  • Justin Toro, Dennis De Leon Voz de Compromiso Award

Fashion Presentation by: Mondo Guerra
Music by: Spanish Harlem Orchestra led by Oscar Hernandez
Dance Performance by: Baila Society
Master of Ceremonies:
• Sibilia Vargas, Co-anchor, NBC News New York
JW Cortes, Award-winning Actor

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015, 6:15-7:30PM Red Carpet

WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street 55 Wall St., New York NY 10005

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  • The Cielo gala is the largest fundraising event for HIV and AIDS in the Latino community, and has raised millions for the initiatives and operations of the Latino Commission on AIDS over the last 20 years.
  • This year’s 25th Anniversary of the Latino Commission on AIDS marks an important milestone in the organization’s history.
  • Each year, Cielo mobilizes a leadership network of concerned members of the health, business, government, entertainment, fashion and philanthropic sectors, and individual donors, to support the Commission’s vision – to create a world without HIV and AIDS.
  • Over 220,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Latinos represent 16% of the U.S. population but account for 21% of all new HIV infections.


    This past Wednesday, April 15, Macy’s officially kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration of The Latino Commission on Aids with Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega as the newest Madrina during a reception with prominent personalities and media. The Latino Commission on Aids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to meet the health challenges and the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic community.

    Miss Universe, Paulina Vega thanked the commission for this honor and distinction, saying she embraces the commitment and the responsibility that comes with being an spokesperson and a madrina of the institution,

    I am a woman eager to do things, I am passionate and authentic, I have no masks

    she said in reference to the work she will do on behalf of this important cause.

    Paulina Vega, Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission On Aids  and Macy's executives

    Paulina Vega, Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission On Aids and Macy’s executives

    Guillermo Chacon, President of The Latino Commission On AIDS, welcomed and thanked guests for their support to the cause and to the thousands of Latinos affected by the disease,

    We have come very far in the past 25 years and we are very proud of the work done, however, we recognize that there is still a critical need for our work, Said Chacon.

    On May 15, the commission will have the important gala Cielo Latino at Cipriani Wall Street. This gala event is the largest fundraising for the cause of AIDS in the Latino community.

    Miss Universe, Pauline Vega and The Latin Trends Publisher, Juan Guillen, Magazine Editor Maria Luna and journalist Deyanira Martinez

    Miss Universe, Pauline Vega and The Latin Trends Publisher, Juan Guillen, Magazine Editor Maria Luna and journalist Deyanira Martinez

    For more information on its 25th Anniversary event, visit: or to donate go to

    Miss Universe 2013 to Attend Cielo Latino Event



    The Latino Commission on AIDS will pay tribute and recognize the following leaders during the 19th annual Cielo Latino benefit, including:

    • Janssen, Business Leadership Award
    • Maria Mejia, Dennis deLeon Voz de Compromiso Award

    Actor Rosie Perez is honorary chair and entertainment will be provided by International salsa sensation Jose Alberto “El Canario”. Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler will participate in the program as the 2014 Madrina of the Latino Commission on AIDS.

    The Cielo Latino Gala raises funds in support of the Latino Commission on AIDS to create and promote HIV & AIDS service programs and initiatives aimed at education, prevention, and treatment of HIV & AIDS for Hispanic/Latinos, as well as to build capacity among other organizations serving Latino communities throughout the U.S. and the US Territories.

    The Cielo Latino Gala will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, 6:30-7:30 PM (red carpet), 7:45 – 9:30 PM (awards program) at Cipriani Wall Street- 55 Wall Street- New York, New York 10005 (Media are invited to set up between 5:30-6:30pm).

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    Designing a World without AIDS” is the theme for the Annual Gala Cielo Latino, an evening of Solidarity, Action and Commitment to raise awareness of the impact of AIDS amongst Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and continue the journey to reach an AIDS-free generation. The Latino Commission on AIDS believes that by coming together, the Latino community will send a strong message of hope and action that will overcome any challenge in reaching healthy communities free of stigma and discrimination.

    For press credentials to cover the Red Carpet ceremony or the Awards Program, please contact Roy Cosme 212-807-1337 x10 or For more information on Cielo Latino, visit

    “Bailando Por Una Causa”(Dancing for a Cause): A Night of Dancing to support the Latino Commission on AIDS Organization

    Baliando Por Una CausaSupporting a charity shows that you are standing up for what the organization believes in and are willing to help in some way achieve the organization’s goals. This could be from making a donation, to volunteering, or spreading the word about the cause throughout various social media platforms. By spreading the word, more and more people become aware about the cause and encourage others to join with them.

    Baliando Por Una Causa took place at El Museo Del Barrio on 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street, which was followed by an after party at a separate location. A total of 14 performances were included in the program and the different types of dances that were performed were: African, hip-hop, modern, salsa, ballet, tango, Columbian Contemporary, world jazz, and flamenco.

    The dance companies that participated included: Djobiba Dance Centre, Arch Dance Company, Khaleah London, Kate’s Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Anais Haven, Etnocontempo Danza Ensamble, Celcilia Marta Dance Company, Nelida Tirado, Peridance Contemporary Company, Limon Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico’s Bhdos, Unified Dance Studio, and Baila Society.

    The announcer at the beginning of show talked briefly about the purpose of the performance and also encouraged the audience to give applause and cheers for the part of the dances that they enjoyed. Each dance had its own unique style and the dancers told a story throughout the dance with their bodies. With the sold out event, the audience was amazed and awed by each performance.

    For more information about the organization visit Baliando Por Una Causa site.