Out & About: Blind Association treats guests to a night in Havana
The lure of an island long off limits to Americans provided the theme for Westmoreland County Blind Association’s major fundraiser.
Havana Nights was held March 1 in the Greensburg Country Club, drawing a record crowd for the annual event, according to Executive Director Tim Miller.
Attendance was “230-something … or a lot,” Miller said.
Outside, the ground was covered with snow, but inside, guests were greeted with tropical decor, Latin music, a Cuban dinner buffet, rum balls and a rum bar and — what would a Havana-themed event be without one? — a cigar bar, courtesy of Reed Nelson and Nelson Loguasto Cigars.
“Everything is loaded with rum, so be careful,” Miller cautioned.
All guests were given a raffle ticket for a chance to win a three-day cruise for two to Cuba, provided by WCBA board secretary Dr. Tony Bompiani.
The Caribbean celebration was organized by WCBA executive assistant Amy Patz with committee members Bompiani, Adele Shuster, Janie Mahla, April Kopas, Nelson Mayer and Mark Tintori. Kelly Cervi was in charge of decor.
Seen: Kristen Miller, Eric and Michele Bononi, Kaaren Tintori, Glenn and Jill Briercheck, Jess and Joan Stairs, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor-Condo, Barbara Ferrier, Tom and Jennifer Jaworske, Eric and Susan Nelson, Bob and Linda Markle, Dan and Tonya Reese, David Tomasko and Deann Walbaum, Randy and Gretchen Nelson, Charlie and Luana Shoemaker, Marge Patz, Debra Patz, Shirley Jones, Rita Zimmerman and Donald and Ginny Bullock.
Proceeds benefit the association’s mission of “improving productivity, independence and quality of life for sight-impaired, intellectually and physically challenged individuals.”
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .