The Mi Amor Graciousness (MAG) Gala, which benefits survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. The Luisa Diaz Foundation, which was created in 2020, had its annual event, which returned to New York for its ninth year at the historic Plaza Hotel with an evening of compassion-meets-fashion and the “Runway of Hope.” The proceeds from the 2023 event supported three charities: Safe Passage Heals, Hope’s Door, and Team TLC NYC, and promoted awareness of the importance of the Luisa Diaz Foundation’s mission.

Survivors of domestic violence who have finished the program to stop the cruel cycle of domestic abuse participated in the MAG Gala’s empowerment fashion show, dressed by designers Jovani, Anne Fontaine, and Chiara Boni. The stroll down the runway represents the transformation from a place of darkness to one of hope and brightness.

This year’s commemoration also included an official proclamation from New York City establishing May 18 as “Kindness is Cool Day” from that day forward.