The AIDS Healthcare Foundation hosted its fifth annual SOMOS gala in Miami to raise awareness around AIDS prevention and HIV in the Hispanic community and honored Luis Fonsi with the SOMOS Humanitarian Award.
“As a Puerto Rican, as a Latin living in the U.S., it is my responsibility to use my voice not just to sing, but also to ensure that the voices of those who need it the most are heard,” said Fonsi, accepting his award during the gala held at the Fillmore Beach on Sunday.
Fonsi was honored for his philanthropic work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the efforts of his Luis Fonsi Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Maria.
“I’m honored to receive this award,” said Fonsi. “But the real award is seeing the face of a healthy, happy child. ... That’s my prize. My prize is to help. To be useful to others. To alleviate the pain some people carry.”
Hosted by iHeartMedia’s Enrique Santos and TV host Jessica Carrillo, the SOMOS gala also featured DJ Africa and performances by Reykon and Grupo Niche.