Entertainment

Master of Ceremonies: Giselle Fernández, Television Journalist, Communications Strategist

A five-time Emmy Award–winning journalist, producer, and Latin media marketing entrepreneur, Giselle Fernández is known for her exclusive interviews with titans of industry, thought leaders, and trend setters from around the globe, always exploring access to the American dream and the impact diversity and multicultural demographics have on our future. 
 
As president of her own production, management, and messaging company, Fernández is a consultant to corporate America on media content and marketing strategies for multicultural markets. 
  
Born in Mexico and raised in Southern California, Fernández graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in journalism and government.

Julian Coryell Trio

Julian Coryell began playing music at the tender age of five. The son of famed jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, who nourished his musical gifts, he has been playing guitar and singing ever since.
 
The Coryell household was never lacking in musical visitors. Coryell was exposed to everyone from Miles Davis to James Taylor. At age sixteen, he entered the Berklee College of Music and two years later became its youngest graduate at age eighteen.
 
Since then, he has toured, written, and recorded with an eclectic array of artists, including Alanis Morissette, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, and Joe Sample. He has released his own solo records on Universal, Sony, and GRP. His latest project, the Julian Coryell Trio, has quickly become one of the most entertaining live groups on the music scene (with a fervent cult following to prove it). Although the group is known for jazz, the term is used loosely, as their ability to morph from be-bop to blues, soul, and beyond has become a staple of their live act. Past performances have found them playing the Beatles album Abbey Road in its entirety to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue from top to bottom. A JC Trio show is more of an experience than a concert and will undoubtedly leave the listener with musical memories to last a lifetime.
 

After Party Band: Daniel Jimenez Afanador

Growing up in Colombia during the ’90s, singer/songwriter Daniel Jiménez Afanador and his friends threw late-night parties where the heavy metal riffs of Iron Maiden collided with the salsa grooves of Fruko y sus Tesos. Mirroring Bogota’s cosmopolitan sensibility, Afanador listened to all kinds of music in his teen years—from Fabulosos Cadillacs and Counting Crows to Queen and Latin rock pioneers Sui Géneris. 
 
Afanador initially moved to Los Angeles in order to study guitar, composition, and sound engineering. However, mainstream success found him right after graduation when he founded Roxing Kafé, a pop-rock trio that would become a key band in Latin rock of the new millennium. But the instant success of Roxing didn't satisfy Afanador’s quest for a more personal, intimate sound. In 2006, he disbanded Roxing and continued his path as a solo artist. 
 
Now backed by a new multicultural band made up of seasoned players from different genres, Afanador has performed hundreds of gigs across Southern California. He has also forged an artistic alliance as a songwriter/producer with Sony in Colombia, and has written scores for various film projects. His schedule is frantic, but his love of music remains strong.
 

Auctioneer: DawnMarie Kotsonis, The Gavel Girl

DawnMarie Kotsonis ignites the auction stage with her passion and heartfelt commitment to the organizations she serves.

As the Development Officer of a large Southern California hospital, she experienced first-hand the challenges of fundraising and, unknowingly, began the building blocks of her true calling.

Her introduction to the world of charity auctions began in the 1980’s while running a successful commercial auction firm. She was asked to help raise funds on behalf of cystic fibrosis research, and it was a very personal request. The disease claimed the lives of both her nephew and her best friend.

It did not take long for her to realize that working on behalf of nonprofits was far more fulfilling than any commercial auction career would ever be. She also recognized that her background in Development gave her unique experience and insight into the world of fundraising. So she abandoned the commercial side and never looked back.

Since then, DawnMarie has presided over countless record-breaking charity auctions nationwide including a number on the Wine Spectator’s Top 10. The dollars she has raised are in the tens of millions and the number grows every week.

DawnMarie is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit Gavelgirl.com.


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