The 2013 Emerald Gala
Benefiting American Nicaraguan Foundation
David Diaz, Diana Diaz, Theresa C. Pellas and F. Alfredo Pellas, Jr.

Carlos and Ceci Curbelo, Juliana Torrens and Luis H. DeBayle, Jr.

The American Nicaraguan Foundation hosted its annual gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami. Funds raised at The 2013 Emerald Gala – A Treasured Past, A Brilliant Future. will benefit the neediest sectors of Nicaragua. This year, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, board members, gala committee, and partner organizations, ANF raised $1,077,702.

"Through these partnerships we have done so much, but there is so much more that still needs to be done," commented ANF's Executive Director, Rafael Sanchez.

ANF hosted approximately 600 guests, who enjoyed a magical night filled with elegance, philanthropy, music, and dancing. The night was especially eventful for three lucky individuals who won prizes including: Girard-Perregaux limited edition Virtus-I, a vacation to the beautiful Mukul Resort in Nicaragua and an iPad.

ANF honored F. Alfredo Pellas Chamorro Sr. & Carmen Ch. de Pellas and Food For The Poor, Inc. for their profound commitment to Nicaragua. They have been critical partners who helped set the vision for ANF and who continue to share their wisdom and help grow ANF's impact today.

The annual gala is the main fundraiser for ANF and is vital to the foundation’s success each year. Through ticket sales, raffle bidding, and a Fund-A-Need auction, ANF has generated extensive support resulting in more than 5,400 ocean containers of aid, valued at more than $1.5 billion, being distributed to over 1,600 Nicaraguan organizations in the last 20 years. Each year, the proceeds from the Gala fund programs for clean water, healthcare, building homes, and education for the people in poverty in Nicaragua.

This year’s Gala highlight was the Fund-A-Need Program, a lively fundraising portion of the night that worked much like a live auction. During this segment of the event, guests generously donated more than $145,000 in 10 minutes.

Juan Trescastro and Judith Ortiz-Trescastro

Rafael and Ana Lorena Sanchez

Juliana Torrens and Luis H. DeBayle, Jr.

Roger Icabalceta, Theresa C. Pellas, Shirley Icabalceta, F. Alfredo Pellas, Jr.

Guest of Honor Carmen Ch. de Pellas

Theresa C. Pellas, Mr. and Mrs. Jose Ignacio Cardenal, F. Alfredo Pellas, Jr.

Gala Chairpersons Maria Healy, Gabriela Teran and Theresa C. Pellas

Consuelo Pellas

Susan, Mike, Ally, and Matt Wood

Juan Pablo Lacayo, Mariana, Victoria, and Julio Arguello

Andrea Carrion and Carlos Perez

Northern Trust's Juan Carlos and Mayra Campuzano and Santander Private Banking Luis. H. Navas

Mr. Robin Mahfood of Food for the Poor accepting award

Emerald Decor

Silvio Pellas and Frank Robelto