Gloria & Emilio Estefan have both had hugely successful careers in the music and entertainment industry. Gloria is a seven-time Grammy award winner with over 90 million albums sold worldwide and Emilio is a 19-time Grammy award winning producer and songwriter. In addition to their success in the music industry, the two have also been widely recognized for their philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, as well as their contributions to the Hispanic community. Gloria’s philanthropic endeavors include serving as the Chairperson for a capital campaign that raised $40 million to build the Lois Pope LIFE Center, the home of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She is the recipient of the 1993 National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, the 2002 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Medallion of Excellence for Community Service, and Billboard’s Spirit of Hope Award. The Estefans are also recipients of the 1993 Hispanic Heritage Award, the 1993 United Way Outstanding Philanthropy Award, the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the Pepperdine University American Spirit Award, and the 2013 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sand in my Shoes Award.
In 1997, Gloria and Emilio created the Gloria Estefan Foundation, which aims to promote good health, education, and cultural development. At an early age, Gloria spent many years caring after her father who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis, and both she and her husband have thus become champions for Brain Center. In recent years, Gloria and Emilio hosted a fundraising event for the foundation at their home, which was the germinal event launching Brain Center.