Paez Medal of Art Award Ceremony
& 7th Annual Benefit Gala
honoring Bob Colacello 2017 & Gustavo Dudamel 2018
2018 Páez Recipient: Gustavo Dudamel, VAEA Advisory Board Chair: Carolina Herrera & 2017 Páez Recipient: Bob Colacello. Photo by BFA – Rommel Demano
VAEA would like to give a special thanks to all our friends that supported VAEA’s Annual Benefit Gala and Páez Medal of Art Ceremony Honoring Bob Colacello & Gustavo Dudamel.
Our immense gratitude to VAEA’s Gala Leadership: Mr. & Mrs. Graydon Carter, Honorary Chairs, Mr. & Mrs. Gerrity Lansing, Gala Chairs, Mr. & Mrs. Reinaldo Herrera, Chairs Advisory Board & Damian Woetzel, Presenter Award Ceremony.
The VAEA’s Gala Committee: Adam Lippes & Alexander Farnsworth, Agnes Gund, Boris Izaguirre & Ruben Nogueira, Calvin Klein, Dani Bedoni, David Kamp & Aimee Bell, Dixon and Arriana Boardman, Ernesto Arambatzis & Frank Amadeo, Francesco & Alba Clemente, Gustavo Sever, Howard & Nancy Marks, HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Irene Grisanti, Jason A. Leonard & Juan José Reverol, John & Susan Hess, Jonathan Becker & Alexandra Kotur, Joseph & Annette Allen, Louise Grunwald, Lourdes Fanjul, Martin O’Connor & Jane Sarkin, Matt Ullian, Oliver Sarkozy & Mary Kate Olsen, Omar Hernandez, Paul Wilmot, Ricardo Brunstein, Ricardo Jaimes-Branger & Antonio Vasco, Seth Campbell, Sims Lansing, Stuart Parr & Ozlem Onal, Suydam (Sydie) Lansing, Valentin & Yaz Hernandez, Vito Schnabel and Wendy Stark.
The artists that performed made VAEA Gala, a night to remember: MC, Juss Marquez; Violinist, Samuel Vargas; Crooner, Gian Faraone & DJ, David Rondón.
We also want to thank VAEA’s Young Committee for their dedication, as well as our staff and volunteers.
Press Relations by: GRB Communications,
Event Production: Its All About Branding & Lu Eventus.
Social Media: Gabriela Laguna & Jean Paul Ciaramella.
Graphic Design: Miguel Campos
Website management: Laura Bracho, Estudios App.
Photography: Romina Hendlin
Volunteers: Mariana Garay, Lucrecia Maldonado, Loli Viana, Gabriel Inghilterra and Miguel Santiago Grizanti.
Happy holidays and our immense gratitude! Lets keep working together to continue to grow and expand our programs in 2019. The best is yet to come!
December 19th, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VAEA’s 7th Annual Benefit Gala took place on December 18th, 2018 at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center, New York City in a festive night celebrating Venezuelan and American cultures and honoring Bob Colacello and Gustavo Dudamel with the Páez Medal of Art 2017 & 2018 respectively.
The evening began at 7pm with cocktails and a live performance by violinist Samuel Vargas followed by the Páez Medal Ceremonies.
Damien Woetzel introduced the honorees and Reinaldo Herrera & Valeria Cordero presented the 2017 Páez to Bob Colacello followed by Carolina Herrera & Ali Cordero Casal who presented the 2018 Páez to Gustavo Dudamel.
Following the inspiring and heartfelt speeches by the honorees, the Gala attendants were delighted by a live performance of “New York, New York” among other joyful tunes by crooner Gian Faraone.
The evening concluded in a fun after party with dance music courtesy of DJ David Rondón.
The guests included Honorees Bob Colacello & Gustavo Dudamel, Damian Woetzel, Reinaldo & Carolina Herrera, Gerrity & Patricia Lansing, Maria Valverde, Boris Izaguirre, Omar Hernández, Gabriel Rivera Barraza, Tony Bechara, Alexandra Vidal, Sydie Lansing, Valentine & Yaz Hernández, Eric Shiner among others.
BFA – Rommel Demano:
Wire Image – Johnny Nunez:
Getty Images – Johnny Nunez:
Additional photos by Guillermo Mogollan, Luis Enrique Rivera & Romina Hendlin.
Tuesday, December 18th 2018, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, New York City.
Mr. & Mrs. Graydon Carter, Honorary Chairs
Mr. & Mrs. Gerrity Lansing, Gala Chairs
Mr. & Mrs. Reinaldo Herrera, Chairs Advisory Board, VAEA
Ali Cordero Casal, Chairman, VAEA
Damian Woetzel, Presenter Award Ceremony
Valeria Cordero, Director, VAEA
Live performances by:
Violinist, Samuel Vargas
Crooner, Gian Faraone
DJ, David Rondón