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El Museo del Barrio Gala 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Cipriani 42nd Street

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Mary Blanco

Opposite Photo:
Michelle Harper and Alexandra Libenthal

The El Museo del Barrio Gala is one of the most anticipated social events of the New York spring season; guests fly in from all over the world to attend. At the Gala on May 27, 2010, out-of-town guests included Miami Symphony Orchestra Conductor Eduardo Marturet and his lovely wife Athina. Plácido Domingo, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, commuted to the party either from his home in Teaneck, New Jersey or from his gigs as conductor of both the Washington and the Los Angeles symphony orchestras.

The highlight of the evening was when Oscar de la Renta (a man who embodies the concept of lifetime achievements) presented the Lifetime Achievement to another cultural icon, Placido Domingo. Barbara Walters had originally been scheduled to present the awards, but was sidelined by unexpected heart surgery. Artist and President of the El Museo del Barrio board Tony Bechera was presented with the El Museo Special Leadership Award.

Co-chair for the evening were Yaz and Valentin Hernadez and Renee and Alvaro Domingo (Alvaro is the son of Placido Domingo and his wife Marta Ornelas). The evening’s committee includes Mr and Mrs. Ruben Blades, Ronaldo and Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, Francisco Costa, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Laura and Richard Parsons, Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue, and Ruben and Isabel Toledo.

Noted guests included: Belem Hudson in a beautiful black and white Christian Cota design; designer Michelle Harper in a most amazing hat; Oscar de la Renta's son Moises de la Renta, a designer for Mango; Alexandra Liebenthal in an amazing white beaded dress with a feather train; iconic New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham; Dimity and Horacio Milberg; fashion designers Christian Cota, Narcisco Rodriguez and Carlos Campos; writer/producer Crystal McCrary Anthony; and and hat designer Lisa Boone.

Placido Domingo, Marta Ornelas, Renee Domingo, Belem Hudson and Alvaro Domingo

Oscar de la Renta

Moises de la Renta and Kenneth Alexander of Venue Magazine

Vilma Brennan
Oscar de la Renta Placido Domingo
Valentin and Yaz Hernandez Alexa Winner and Natasha Worsham

Dimity Milberg and Horacio Milberg

Lisa Bone
Belem Hudson Alexandra Libenthal
Micah Jesse and Wendy Diamond Eduardo Marturet and Athina Marturet
Tess Serranti
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Sylvester and Gillian Minter  

Anna Safir and Eleanora Kennedy

Ivan K. Hopkins, Laura Parsons, Alexis Clark, Richard Parsons and Lee Fried

Carlos Campos, Nazira Handal and Rodner Figueroa

Alvaro Domingo

Gillian Minter and Richard Turley

Jim Duggan and Barry Briskin, Board Chair of The American Folk Art Museum

Bill Cunningham of The New York Times

Michelle Harper

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