|Antonio Banderas, Mia Farrow and Anne Igartiburu with the signed Ford Mondeo.|
STARLITE GALA CHARITY
The Starlite Gala is held annually (since 2010) on the first Saturday in August in Marbella at the spectacular open air auditorium and lounge of the Starlite Festival at Cantera de Nagüeles (Nagïeles Quarry on the lower slopes of Sierra Blanca mountain) The first two editions took place at Villa Padierna Hotel, Estepona whilst permissions to use the quarry were obtained.
The Starlight Gala was a platform created by Sandra Garcia-Sanjuan supported by Antonio Banderas, Maria Bravo and Eva Longoria to collect funds for the chosen charities of the three principal supporters and (it claimed at the time) to spotlight Marbella as celebritary destination. It is is undoubtedly the most glamorous of the Marbella summer charity galas and what it had lacked in history was made up for by its spectacular location, star line-up, and high fund raising power. The seven editions together (six in Marbella and one in Mexico) have raised nearly two million euros. (2010 - 297k€, 2011 - 222k€, 2012 - 267k€, 2013/4 - 786k€, 2015( Marbella & Mexico) - 423k€ )
Starlite Gala 2017
The Starlight Gala, will be a relatively lower profile event in 2017 on Sunday 13th August. Antonio Banderas continues his support. there will be a candle light vigil in support of musical events. Monica Naranjos has confirmed attendance. So has Manel Fuentes and Irene Villa.
STARLITE GALA 2016
The seventh annual Starlite Gala takes place on Saturday 6 August 2016 at Cantera de Nagüeles in Marbella, the open-air auditorium where the Starlite Festival is held. The charity Gala, still the highlight of the Marbella social calendar, will be hosted again by Antonio Banderas.
STARLITE GALA 2015
The sixth annual Starlite Gala, for the first time took place on a Sunday night; Sunday 9 August 2015 at Cantera de Nagüeles in Marbella, the open-air auditorium where the Starlite Festival is held. The charity Gala, still the highlight of the Marbella social calendar, was hosted again by Antonio Banderas, and much to everyones delight, was accompanied this year by his partner Nicole Kimple (and her twin sister Babara). Artist who performed this year were Laura Pausini, Sara Baras, el Mago Pop, Francisco, Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel.
STARLITE GALA 2014
The fifth annual Starlite Gala took place on Saturday 9 August 2014 at Cantera de Nagüeles in Marbella, the open-air auditorium where the Starlite Festival is held. The star-studded charity event, which is the highlight of the Marbella social calendar, was hosted by Antonio Banderas, founder of the Starlite Foundation, with special guests Mia Farrow and Carlos Slim, both of whom received special awards; Valeria Mazza and Joaquín Prat were presenters.
STARLITE GALA 2013
The fourth annual Starlite Gala took place on Saturday 10 August, which also happened to be Antonio Banderas' 53rd birthday! The event took place at 'Cantera de Nagüeles', the quarry turned auditorium in Nagüeles park and featured performances from Spanish singers Marta Sánchez, Alejandro Sanz and Roko and flamenco dancer, Sara Baras. Juan Peña also performed some more flamenco at the afterparty.
STARLITE GALA 2012
The third edition of the Starlite Gala took place on Saturday 4 August 2012. The gala was held in Marbella´s quarry turned auditorium 'Cantera de Nagüeles' and raised 267,861 euro from the sale of tickets and tables. The 2012 Gala saw the departure of Maria Bravo and Eva Longoria, who together in 2013 started a new Marbellagala: The Global Gift Gala. This year the Starlite Gala event took place within the Starlite Festival, a month of live musical performances (13th July - 14th August) by famous artists from all over the world, including: Hugh Laurie, George Benson, Tony Bennett and Julio Iglesias, among others. The Starlite Gala took place on 4th August at the 'Cantera de Nagüeles' in Nagüeles park, where all the concerts took place.
STARLITE GALA 2011The second edition of the charity Starlite Gala took place at Villa Padierna Hotel, Estepona on the evening of 6 August 2011, with an after-party at Purobeach club in Estepona. Over 450 guests attended, most paying 800€ or 1,000€ each for tickets. Sponsors included Ford, Pernod Ricardo España, Fundacion Iberostar, DHL, L’Oreal and Banco Sabadell.
STARLITE GALA 2010
The first edition of the starlight gala took place in 'Hotel Villa Padierna Marbella' on the 7th August 2010 a platform created by Sandra Garcia-Sanjuan y Maria Bravo to unite the world of business, celebrities and philanthropy and to gather funds to improve the life of communities , families and children without resources in any location. Helped, by coincidence, by Michelle Obama's private holiday plans, the event raised substantial funds (297.634,38 Euro) for the three charities of the Starlite Gala founders.