20th Anniversary Gala

"Almost twenty years ago, I had a dream to create a monument to those who had died from AIDS. The monument was to serve as a catalyst for social change that would lead to the discussion of cultural denial, stigma and shame among those impacted by HIV/AIDS. The movement that followed was a direct response to the deaths of countless men silenced by the stigma created within their communities."  -- Richard L. Zaldivar, Founder & Executive Director

In celebration of twenty years of service to the community, The Wall-Las Memorias will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday, September 19th, 2014 at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will feature an evening of exquisite food, live musical entertainment from legendary and local musicians, art installations, silent auction, special guests, and a presentation of the history and future of the organization. Cocktail/business attire recommended. 

The evening will include: 

  • Cocktail Hour Reception Featuring Appetizers & Specialty Drinks by Ty London Events LCC (Cash Bar) 
  • Silent Auction & Artwork Installations 
  • Introduction & Welcome by Celebrity Co-Hosts: Actress/Singer Apollonia Kotero & Voice-Over Actor/Gay Rights Activist Ben Patrick Johnson
  • Dinner Catered by Local L.A. Brazilian Restaurant Bossa Nova 
  • Live Musical Performance by The Fulcos
  • Commencement of Program 
  • Special announcement from Executive Director, Richard L. Zaldivar 
  • Dessert bar 
  • Live Musical Entertainment & Performance by Legendary Salsa King Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad 

Silent Auction Items Include: 

Artisan Bowl by Elena Snyder Palacio | Cancun Vacation (5-day, 4 night 2 Adult Stay) | Makeover & Photoshoot (Celebrity Makeup Artist Andrew Velazquez) | Petal Spin Membership (1 Month Unlimited) | Gronk Art Piece | Hector Silva Art Piece | 4-Books by Toni D. Newman (w/4 Equality Bracelets) | American Apparel Gift Card ($500) | Wine Tasting/Tour (Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula) | Delta Airlines (Travel Packages) | Blow Out (Styling Lounge) | Yolanda Gonzalez Art Piece | Kathy Gallegos Art Piece | Brooks Brothers’ Blazer | Total Wine & More (Tour/Tasting) | Caribbean Paradise Packages (5-7 Nights, 2-3 Rooms) | Bed & Breakfast (Mi Besito, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) | Hugo Croswaithe Art Piece | A Bed of Roses Gift Card (Flower Arrangement Class) | Bossa Nova Dinner Package | Grammy Museum (4 Tickets)

For the full list of Silent Auction Items, click here

Funds raised through the 20th Anniversary Gala will help fund The Wall-Las Memorias Project and future efforts to provide health and wellness programs and services to the local Latino community of Los Angeles.


September 19, 2014 at 6:00pm - 11:59pm


LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte
501 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
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Erika Reyes · · (323) 257-1056 Ext. 29


Yolanda Hernandez Jess Marez David Anthonie

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