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October 01, 2008 AT 01:00 PM EDT

Eva Longoria loves her music, and among her favorite singers is Alejandro Fernández, who’ll be by her side in Los Angeles at the next benefit gala for the organization Padres contra el cáncer (Parents Against Cancer).

“I’m really happy. I don’t know him personally but I’m a big fan of his music. Once we announced that Alejandro would be there, the phones haven’t stopped ringing,” she said to the Mexican daily El Universal. The 33-year-old actress said that the son of Vicente Fernández had always been on her list of favorites.

“We knew he was a very busy musician, but his team really worked with us and made the effort so that he could be here for the ceremony,” said the wife of basketball player Tony Parker, who’s certain that the artist’s appearance will be influential in raising more money for the organization.

“This is going to be the hardest year to raise money because of the economic crisis that we’re all going through. However, I hope people will make the effort, and hopefully we can make close to what we had in 2007,” said the Desperate Housewife.

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