My Hero Gala At Guastavino's For World Aids Day

by MAGGIE HUNTER · December 2, 2008

[Fabiola Beracasa, Mario Testino. Sonia Braga, Narciso Rodriguez. Photos by JONATHON ZIEGLER for PMc.]

World AIDS Day was observed on December 1st, with 24 hours set aside across the globe to spread crucial awareness about the devastating pandemic, as well as to remember loved ones who have been affected by the disease. Leading AIDS support organization Aid for AIDS observed the day by hosting their annual My Hero Gala at Guastavino's last night, to raise money for services helping HIV positive individuals in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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This year, the charity chose celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino to  receive the My Hero Award, given to those who display "unwavering courage and perseverance in the battle to eliminate HIV and AIDS." The event was filled with members of the fashion industry, including Lily Donaldson, Margherita Missoni, and Narcisco Rodriguez, who all came out to support an important cause on it's most visible day.

Manuela Arria, Karina Correa-Maury, Mario Testino, Maria Eugenia Maury Arria, Camila Arria

Mariana Velasquez, Andres Avellaneda. Lily Donaldson, Mario Testino.

Jan Olesen, Margherita Missoni, Mario Testino. Jesus Aguais, Fabiola Beraasa, Alejandro Pompei, Maria Eugenia Maury Arria.

Vanessa VanRel, Ana Maria De La Ossa, Karina Argudo, Deanna Landivar-Ruiz