Grand Gala of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR)
By Judy Gordon-Conde and Jennifer Conde-Powers
Guests reveled in the shimmering decorations and elegant atmosphere in the Great Hall of the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in the Convention Center District for the Grand Gala of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR), a renowned cultural treasure of the United States by designation of the Ford Foundation.
More than 800 beautifully dressed attendees enjoyed an unforgettable celebration in the setting designed by Javier Martínez from AKUA and The Lounge inspired by the mural Horizonte by the maestro Carmelo Sobrino. As the music of Jibaro Pop played during the cocktail hour, champagne flowed as the doors opened to reveal the awe-inspiring stylish surroundings, with a stage set to welcome Cucco Peña’s All-Star Big Band, while superstar Manny Manuel made an appearance to sing his popular songs to everyone’s delight. For those staying until the early morning hours, Cuenta Regresiva and characters from SAK Entertainment complemented the festivities.
For foodies, a delicious banquet with seven stations prepared by the hotel’s executive chef Jannette Berríos, along with her culinary team, included such delectable dishes from sausage risotto and malanga arañitas, ravioli stuffed with ossobucco in cognac sauce, to desserts with tropical fruits, and more.
The honorary president of the Gala committee, Caridad Pierluisi, headed the attendee list, along with Juan A. Larrea, chairman of the MAPR board of trustees, and the new MAPR executive director, Dr. María Cristina Gaztambide.
In addition, as usual, the MAPR Grand Gala brought together businesspeople and personalities from culture, the media, banking and the government.