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Photo: Oscar Munoz & wife Cathy
Photo: Eduardo Vilaro

"Oscar Munoz (Former United Airlines CEO) & Eduardo Vilaro Honor at 2024 Ballet Hispanico Dinner Gala in New York City..!

NEW YORK, NY(SMI-LATIN-GLOBAL-ENTERTAINMENT-APRIL 25-27, 2024)-The Ballet Hispánico known as one of the biggest Hispanic cultural organization in the US, celebrated its annual benefit gala entitled " Quinceañera (15-anniversary) honoring Oscar Munoz (Former United Airlines CEO & Chairman) with "Nuestra Inspiracion Award "(Our Inspiration Award) & Eduardo Vilaro for his 15-year anniversary as Artistic Director of the Ballet Hispanico at the renowned Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The Ballet Hispánico Quinceañera (15-anniversary) dinner gala is an annual benefit gala that raises funds to provide scholarships for dance training and change the lives of young people with inspiring performances by professional companies and immersive dance programs to communities around the US and the World.



 This year gala raised $1.3 Million and was Co-Chaired: Jody* & John Arnhold, Richard Feldman, Kate Lear* & Jonathan LaPook, David Pérez*, Joseph Wayland* & Patricia Verrilli.

About Eduardo Vilaro:is the Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico (BH). He was named BH's Artistic Director in 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since its founding in 1970, and in 2015 was also named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape.


Mr. Vilaro’s philosophy of dance stems from a basic belief in the power of the arts to change lives, reflect and impact culture, and strengthen community. He considers dance to be a liberating, non-verbal language through which students, dancers, and audiences of all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, can initiate ongoing conversations about the arts, expression, identity, and the meaning of community.

Photo: Kate Lear(Chair Board of Dir.) & Eduardo Vilaro


About Oscar Munoz:

Oscar Munoz served as CEO and Chairman of United Airlines and now presides on the board of directors of Salesforce, CBRE, TelevisaUnivision, and Archer Aviation, a leading Urban Air Mobility company and developer of all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft. He serves on the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board, is a trustee of the University of Southern California and the Brookings Institution and is an independent trustee for Fidelity. He has served in various financial leadership positions across diverse industries, including U.S. West, AT&T, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo.


In his recent memoir, Turnaround Time, published by Harper's Business, Oscar recounts the remarkable corporate revival that took place for the iconic airline under his leadership, delivering industry-leading operational reliability, and sustained financial success, with stock value increasing 54 percent during that period. Earning recognition as a Wall Street Journal Best-seller, in the book Oscar credits this rapid success to a focus on putting employees first, and he pays tribute to their sustained faith in him during a heart attack and heart transplant he suffered only a month into his tenure. 


Previously, Mr. Munoz served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the North American rail-based transportation supplier CSX Corp. A decade of excellent financial performance, including a boost in operating income of nearly 600 percent, earned CSX recognition on the list of Most Honored Companies by Institutional Investor magazine.


Hispanic Business magazine twice named Mr. Munoz one of its ‘100 Most Influential Hispanics’, honoring his journey as an immigrant who, to this date, remains the only person of Hispanic heritage to run a U.S. airline.

Photo:Ballet Hispanico Dancers
Photo: Oscar Munoz (Former CEO of United Airlines)
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