Gala Evening pays tribute to a leader

The Motta family accepted a donation check to Operation Smile, a favorite charity of Alberto “Pancho” Motta Jr., during the Gala evening.

As show attendees enjoyed an elegant evening of entertainment and fine dining at this year’s Gala event, they were also given the opportunity to honor an industry leader.

After a unique performance by The Flaming Guitars, part of the evening’s opening musical entertainment, the crowd viewed a tribute video honoring the achievements of former IAADFS President Alberto “Pancho” Motta Jr., who passed away just after the 2016 show. In honor of Mr. Motta’s many years of involvement in and support of IAADFS and the overall industry, IAADFS made a $50,000 donation to one of Mr. Motta’s favorite charities, Operation Smile, which performs facial reconstruction surgery to repair cleft lips and palates for children in need across the world. Members of the Motta family were in attendance to accept this contribution.