The Mi Amor Graciousness (MAG) Gala, in support of survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. The Luisa Diaz Foundation, founded in 2020 hosts its annual event which returns to New York for its Ninth anniversary on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 starting at 6:30pm at The iconic Plaza Hotel with an evening of compassion-meets-fashion and will include as a highlight the “Runway of Hope.”
Funds from the 2023 event will benefit three charities: Safe Passage Heals, Hope’s Door and Team TLC NYC.
Survivors of domestic violence who have completed the program to break the vicious cycle of domestic abuse will walk in the MAG Gala’s empowerment fashion show, dressed by designers Jovani, Anne Fontaine and Chiara Boni. The walk on the runway signifies the transition from a place of darkness to one of hope and light. This year’s celebration also includes an official proclamation from New York City declaring May 18, 2023, as “Kindness is Cool Day” from that day forth.
Hall of Fame broadcaster, WABC radio and “Positively America” host Ernie Anastos will serve as the evening’s host. Influencer Johnny Drinks will be live streaming and serving up the “Kindness is Cool” martini. Seth Herzog, resident comedian, and sketch performer with The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, will preside over a live auction. The evening’s entertainment will include an electrifying performance by Sarina the Violin Diva and DJ Show N Tell.
Executive director and former Ms. Venezuela International Luisa Diaz founded the Luisa Diaz Foundation in honor of her beloved grandmother to raise funds and awareness for individuals and organizations who support survivors of domestic violence and their families.
“The MAG Gala has been possible because of a snowball of kindness since the first gala with everyone that came together to make this event happen,” said Luisa Diaz, founder of the Luisa Diaz Foundation. “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.”