The Mi Amor Graciousness Gala (MAG Gala), in support of survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, returns to New York City in a glamorous new location! The annual event from the Luisa Diaz Foundation will mark its ninth anniversary on May 18, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.
Survivors of domestic violence who have completed the program to break the vicious cycle of domestic abuse will walk in MAG Gala’s empowerment fashion show, adorned by designers Anne Fontaine, Chiara Boni and Jovani!
Anne Fontaine: Born in 1971 to a Brazilian mother and a French-German father in Rio de Janeiro, Fontaine and her husband discovered an old trunk filled to the brim with white shirts and decided to family’s clothing business. The brand Anne Fontaine delivers wardrobe staples in ultra-feminine shaping. “It is an honor to be a part of the Luisa Diaz Foundation MAG Gala,” says Fontaine. “It is more important than ever to raise awareness about the global issues of abuse and trafficking—not only to be involved in solutions but to provide hope and courage to anyone who is a survivor to look to a better, safer future.”
Chiara Boni: One of the most successful Italian designers and fashion entrepreneurs, Boni is known as an icon of style and elegance. “I’ve always worked with the aim of making women self-confident and comfortable,” she says. “I believe that the female universe has infinite power and being able to support all those who have suffered profound abuse but have managed not only to survive but also to win, makes me happy and proud.”
Jovani: Jacob Maslavi founded the now world-renown brand Jovani Fashions in 1980. Making his dream a reality, his sons, Saul and Abraham have continued their father’s vision. “For the past nine years, Jovani has had the honor to dress survivors for the MAG Gala,” said Felicia Garay-Stanton, PR & Marketing Director, Jovani “Being a part of this event has not just been about the glamour, but about seeing these strong and resilient women shine and blossom above and beyond their traumas. Just being a small part in their journey in rebuilding their lives is enough for us.”
Luisa Diaz, founder of the Luisa Diaz Foundation, says: “The gala’s ‘Kindness is Cool’ award is given out to individuals and organizations that show kindness in the community. This year’s award goes to Ilze Thielmann from Team TLC NYC and Hope’s Door. We will also debut the first Legacy Sponsor Award to Active International, who has been a loyal believer and supporter of the impact we are making in the community.”
Funds from the 2023 event benefits three charities: Safe Passage Heals, Hope’s Door and Team TLC NYC. This year’s celebration also includes a New York City proclamation declaring May 18, 2023, as “Kindness is Cool” Day from that day forth.