Celebrate a masquerade this year with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation. The “2012 Azucar Ball” is the premier black-tie event for the Hispanic community, and this year’s theme will be “Cigars Under the Stars” at “Noche de Carnaval” (Night at the Carnival). Join co-chair Sofia Pigna Bellini, co-founder Cristina Fowler and co-chairs Victoria White Baudier, Cristi Fowler Chauvin and Ashley Ryan Rayborn along with Ana Gershanik on Friday, November 16, at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with non-stop dancing and music. The gala will continue with cuisine from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, a silent auction and the presentation of the Galvez Cup – the highest recognition awarded by the NOHHF, presented to a person or entity that through unselfish effort has been of great assistance to the foundation and its work.
  
The NOHHF is a nonprofit organization, and the vast majority of the funds raised go toward providing scholarships to Hispanic students in our community who have demonstrated through their academic record the desire and willingness to excel; other efforts go toward cultivating and promoting the Hispanic heritage of the New Orleans region. Since its volunteers assume the work and expense of the NOHHF, virtually every penny that’s contributed goes to scholarships for these children and the foundation’s mission.
  
To become a sponsor and for more information call 636-0107 or visit nohhf.org.