April 14, 2000

The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts Presents "Olé 2000"!

"Olé 2000," the gala benefit for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, is the 20th anniversary of the "El Angel" Awards which will be celebrated at a spectacular awards dinner on Thursday, May 18, at the Regal Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. The festivities begin with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm. The gala dinner and awards ceremony are a celebration of BFA's 27 years of commitment to presenting the best in award-winning theatre in both English and Spanish.

This year, the "El Angel" Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the outstanding musical group Los Lobos. The magnificent "El Angel" statue will be presented to Los Lobos by last year's Artist Award winner, Suzanna Guzman, popular mezzo-soprano with the Los Angeles Opera. The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts will give its corporate awards to Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Union Pacific Railroad for their distinguished contributions to Hispanic Arts in America.

A special "El Angel" award for distinguished community service will presented to Henry Alfaro, award-winning newscaster from ABC7 Eyewitness News and two new awards, La Maestra/El Maestro, will be given to educators for their outstanding work in creating the opportunity for their students to experience Hispanic culture. Ramon Araluce of USC and Susana Araico of Cal Poly, Pomona, will be the first award recipients

The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts is a non-profit corporation founded in 1973 by actress Carmen Zapata, director Margarita Galban, and set designer Estela Scarlata for the purpose of presenting Hispanic world drama to an audience of English and Spanish-speaking people. It was their hope to bring the community together in recognition and celebration of Hispanic cultural diversity, and to build an enduring bilingual theatre institution of international stature. Proceeds from "Olé 2000" will help support the many important programs of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts and will help to make their dream a reality.

For further information, call the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (323) 225-4044.

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