CHICAGO, February 20, 2014–Maestro Cares co-founders Marc Anthony and Henry Cardenas celebrated the organizations first annual “Changing Lives, Building Dreams”gala at Cipriani Wall Street Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in New York City. At the event, hosted by television personalities Wendy Williams and AJ Calloway, the Foundation honored three individuals that have made significant contributions to the well-being of children and are actively involved with charitable causes worldwide. The Community Hero Award was presented to Jorge Pérez (The Related Group), Carlos Slim Domit (Grupo Carso) was honored with the Global Humanitarian Award and the award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility was bestowed to Bob Unanue (Goya Foods, Inc.)

Co-founder Henry Cardenas stated, “This spring Maestro Cares, together with our partner Pacific Rubiales, will establish its presence in Baranquilla, Colombia. Our partnership with The Carlos Slim Foundation, which will match Maestro Cares investment in Mexico and throughout the region, will bring hope and opportunity to thousands of orphaned children while our partnership with Goya Foods will ensure thousands of children receive proper nourishment.”

Five-time grammy winner and co-founder Marc Anthony officially announced that the orphanage “Niños de Cristo” will open its doors in La Romana, Dominican Republic April 2, 2014.

Anthony said: “The “Niños de Cristo Orphanage” will be home to more than 100 boys. The resilience of spirit and great need is what most inspired us to build our first orphanage and what leads us into Latin America to build many more”.

Proceeds from the inaugural event will provide essential support for Maestro Cares, a non-profit organization established to help orphaned children in Latin America by creating healthy and safe environments for them to live, learn and play.

The evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner, a special performance by Marc Anthony, and a live auction conducted by Pat Tully highlighted by the sale of artist Ray Smiths’ painting The Wave purchased by honoree Jorge Perez.

First Annual Event Was Held February 18, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street
Proceeds to Complete “Niños de Cristo Orphanage” in
La Romana, Dominican Republic and Organizational Expansion into Latin America

Partnerships with The Carlos Slim Foundation, Pacific Rubiales Energy Company and Goya Foods, Inc. announced at awards ceremony

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The Maestro Cares Foundation was launched in January 2012 by international pop icon Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cárdenas to improve the quality of life for orphaned children throughout Latin America . Maestro Cares works to achieve this mission by providing housing, classrooms, health clinics, dining and recreational activities. Our programs create tomorrow’s leaders by instilling the confidence, enthusiasm and discipline necessary for these children to become hard-working, socially conscious adults that make a positive impact in the world through their own unique contributions. Learn more by visiting