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7th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala Announces 2009 Honorees Tommy Mottola & Thalia

MIAMI, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 7th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala will be held Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the InterContinental Miami Hotel benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R), one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. This year's event will honor Tommy Mottola and his wife, Latin superstar, Thalia, for their generous support of children in need and contributions to the entertainment industry.

"We are both thrilled to be honored by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tommy and I are proud to be part of such a marvelous mission," said Thalia. "We have always been committed to helping children everywhere. And there's no place in the world like St. Jude when it comes to giving kids hope."

"Speaking as a father as well as a humanitarian, there is a very special place in my heart for children. So, I am thrilled to be part of such a marvelous mission," said Tommy Mottola.

Model and television personality Daisy Fuentes will serve as hostess for the gala welcoming Latin celebrities from the television and music industries who will rub elbows with more than 500 guests. The evening's theme "Running Wild for Hope" also will include live performances by some of today's hottest Latin chart-toppers and a live auction.

Last year's FedEx/St. Jude gala honored Emilio and Gloria Estefan and raised funds in support of the groundbreaking research and lifesaving care provided by St. Jude for children from across the country and around the world. Events like this help to support life-saving initiatives such as the St. Jude International Outreach Program, which has dramatically increased the survival rates for children with cancer around the world over the past three decades. This program has partnered with clinics in more than 15 countries including Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Honduras, Chile and Brazil.

"FedEx is very proud to continue supporting St. Jude and its ongoing mission to find cures for thousands of children suffering from cancer. We are honored to have the Mottolas join us in continuing the mission of St. Jude and the fight against childhood cancer and other terrible diseases," said Julio C. Barrionuevo, Vice President of Finance, Planning and Engineering for Federal Express, Latin America & Caribbean and Chair of the 2009 FedEx/St. Jude Gala. FedEx has been the title sponsor of the Angel & Stars Gala since its inception in 2002.

"Our St. Jude family congratulates Tommy Mottola and Thalia on this special recognition and are thrilled to have them be part of this event, which brings together the Hispanic community in honor of our children," David L. McKee, interim CEO and chief operating officer of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

The Mottolas join other top Latin artists and entertainers who have supported the life-saving mission of St. Jude including Albita, Barbara Bermudo, Giselle Blondet, Romero Bitto, Cristian Castro, Rashel Diaz, Luis Enrique, Erika Ender, Jose Feliciano, Luis Fonsi, Javier Garcia, Jeremias, Jose Jose, Fanny Lu, Domenic Marte, Jorge Moreno, Eduardo Osorio, Francisco Paz, Ana Maria Polo, Carlos Ponce, Monte Rosa, Neida Sandoval, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Shanoa, Sissi, Gaby Spanic, and the late Soraya.

"It is amazing to see how the Hispanic community has embraced the lifesaving work that St. Jude does everyday for so many sick children," said Daisy Fuentes. "St. Jude has a very special place in my heart and being able to take part once again in this great event is an honor for me."

Gala sponsors include FedEx Express, Universal Music Latino, VISA International, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Tony & Sandy Tamer, The Gutierrez Family, The "M" Point, AT&T, Stephen James Associates, ARASCAPE Inc., WNRS, Amna Healthcare, Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Social Affairs Magazine, Univision Radio, Sea Latino, DDB, Car Factory Outlet, MillerCoors, Inktel Direct, Leon Medical Centers, and Grey Goose Vodka.

To purchase tickets, information on sponsorship opportunities or to donate items for the silent auction, please call 1-800-278-3383, email or visit

Members of the media wishing to cover this event are asked to register prior to the event by emailing or by calling (305) 265-1371.

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit

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