The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation held its 24th annual fundraiser, the “Azúcar Ball, “on Saturday, November 22. The theme, “La Bamba,” celebrated various aspects of Mexican culture featuring Mariachi performances, live music, specialty tequila and Latin cuisine provided by local restaurants.
Evening festivities began with a Patron Party catered by El Gato Negro and chaired by Elena Countiss and Carmen Duncan, New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation board members.
The Ball took place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with delicious food prepared by a roster of New Orleans restaurants, including: Antoine’s, Coquette, Bayona, Luke, Andrea’s and Little Gem Saloon. Restaurants Casa Borrega, Araña Taquería y Cantina and Mizado Cocina, along with Kid Chef Eliana, prepared Mexican dishes. Glazer’s Distributors provided libations.
Entertainment was provided by Julio y Cesar, AsheSon and Mariachi Jalisco. A silent auction featured an array of items.
George J. Fowler III, president of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, gave a speech and presented the Galvez Cup to Chef Adolfo Garcia, recognizing his service to the local Latino community.
Chairs of the 2014 Azúcar Ball were Lauren Courtney Mastio and Tesa Spiers Bossetta. Proceeds of the event provide scholarships to qualifying Latino high school students in our community who have demonstrated the desire and ability to excel academically.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Azúcar Ball” benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: New Orleans Marriott