El Museo del Barrio is New York’s leading Latino museum and cultural institution. Its yearly gala is a who’s who of Spanish-speaking society figures, thanks to gala chairs like Valentin Hernández, Fe Fendi, Marie Unanue and Valentino D. Carlotti. This year’s black-tie 20th-anniversary bash honors Raúl Esparza, the Cuban-American stage actor, singer and Broadway star, with the Excellence in the Arts Award. Dinner music is by the staid Bob Hardwick Sound, and then DJ Honey Redmond pumps up the volume so guests can cha cha cha.
Bravo’s funnyman Andy Cohen and fashion plate Allison Sarofim, along with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, present the Hero Fund, a scholarship founded by Hunter Hill in honor of the late author and filmmaker Perry Moore (who wrote the book Hero). The host committee includes many of Mr. Moore’s friends, like Paper’s Mickey Boardman and Kim Hastreiter, Maura Egan, Julianne Moore, Oberon Sinclair and Mary Alice Stephenson. There will also be a special performance by Angela McClusky.
El Museo del Barrio gala, Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street, (212) 557-5088, cocktails 7pm, dinner 8pm, tickets from $1,250. Hero Fund fund-raiser, 60 Thompson Hotel, 60 Thompson Street, (212) 431-0400, 8-10pm, $100.