Yoloxochitl Award to Lila Downs

Yoloxochitl Award to Lila Downs

Mano a Mano Annual Benefit

Lila Downs

October 10, 2012

6-7pm - V.I.P. Reception with the Honoree
7-9pm - Benefit

Mano a Mano is proud to honor Lila Downs and present her the Yoloxochitl Award for her exceptional dedication to the promotion of Mexican culture around the world. Lila Downs supports the work of Mano a Mano and is excited to share her enthusiasm with attendees at our Annual Benefit.

Mano a Mano is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions.

Please consider making a donation to support the work of Mano a Mano:


Leslie Ogan


Emmanuel von Arx

Adrian Franco

Cocktails, Tasting Menu, and Silent Auction

October 10, 2012

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 587-3070
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The festivities will start with a VIP reception from 6-7 pm. Guests will be able to meet Ms. Downs, and enjoy food and signature cocktails created exclusively for the VIP reception by Julian Medina of Toloache and Yerba Buena Restaurants. During the celebration, Honorary Chair and Celebrated Chef Zarela Martinez (previous recipient of the award) will lead chefs from proclaimed New York City Mexican restaurants in presenting some of their specialty dishes including Casa Mezcal, Chavela's, El Almacen, Fonda, Hecho en Dumbo, La Palapa, Tacombi and Rosarito Fish Shack. Genesis Brands in conjunction with Mezcal from Oaxaca will offer an exclusive tasting of artisanal mezcales and La Neworquina will offer their famous hand made Mexican sweets. After the award Ms. Downs will sing a song. A silent auction, and music by Jarana BeatDiana Rosano will conclude the evening.

All proceeds will benefit the Mexicanidad program.  Mexicanidad is a program offering a variety of classes to students of all ages to learn about and participate in Mexican culture  - from mariachi, ballet folklorico dance, to nahuatl language.

You may send a check or money order pay to the order of:
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
126 Saint Felix Street. Brooklyn, NY 11217

About Lila Downs

Lila Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, is the daughter of Mixtec singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish-American art professor and filmmaker. She grew up in Oaxaca, California, and Minnesota, where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology. Downs is usually accompanied on her musical journey by her longtime band, La Misteriosa, multi-cultural multi-instrumentalists who include Paul Cohen, her collaborator, producer and husband.

Her musical vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. Embracing and highlighting indigenous origins, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, has always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all rooted in the human condition. She strives to make a meaningful connection with her diverse audiences through her music and performances. "I'm so lucky," remarks Downs. "People who follow our music are from all walks of life, and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows. Every day we get to connect in so many ways."

Lila Downs has long been recognized by the music industry, receiving a Latin Grammy for the 2004 release “Una Sangre” and a Grammy nomination for 2008’s “Shake Away,” which was also named one of the top ten albums by WOMEX, the leading world music organization.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders will celebrate its benefit to honor Lila Downs. Mano a Mano will present the Yoloxochitl Award to Lila Downs for her exceptional dedication to the promotion of Mexican culture around the world.

Food Provided by:

Casa Mezcal     Chavela's Restaurant     El Almacen     Fonda Restaurant    

Hecho en Dumbo    La Palapa Restaurant     Rosarito Fish Shack       Tacombie     

 Toloache      La Newyorkina

Drinks provided by:

Genesis Beverage Brands     Heineken USA     Toloache

Decorations provided by:

Corazón Handcrafts and Gifts     Instituto Cultural Mexicano      Ovando Floral Design


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