Taste of Caribe 2008 raises over $65,000 for ICHF

Monday May 26, 2008 10:33:00 AM

 Taste of Caribe Logo

This year's ICHF annual spring fundraiser, Taste of the Caribe, was a very special success due to the extraordinary sponsorship of two organizations-ProCigar, The Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers (http://www.procigar.org/)  and Bacardi Domincana and the Bacardi Family Foundation (http://www.barcardi.com/).  The event was highligted in the Memphis Commerical Appeal.

Dr. William Novick, ICHF Medical Director and honored guest, Dr. Juan Ramirez, pediatric cardiologist and founder of the Corazon Foundation in Santiago, Dominican Republic, were presented with checks for the ICHF Dominican Program, which provides heart surgery to children in the Dominican Republic.Presentation of ProCigar donation

 Honored guest, Mr. Jose Blanco, Vice President of the La Aurora Cigar Company presented a $15,000 donation from ProCigar, along with 150 hundred boxes of premium hand-rolled Dominican cigars.




Bacardi Donation PresentationICHF board member and head of the Taste of Caribe committee, Mr. Bret Rodriquez presented a check for $40,000 from Bacardi Domincana, along with the liquor for the tasty Caribbean drinks.




Taste of Caribe Dance Floor

Held May 10th at the site provided by the Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, the evening was alive with Caribbean food by Robert Hayes, margaritas and mojitos by Bacardi, Latin music by the Los Cantadores band, and Dominican cigars by ProCigar. Los Cantadores bandMore than 200 guests danced to the Latin beat surrounded by twinkling palm trees, native spiked carnival masks, and Bacardi ice sculptures.  Many dodged the rain to smoke their cigars on the spacious porch attached to the building. Cigar girls, bartenders, and servers in colored cocktail dresses assisted guests.



Volunteers danceVolunteers from Hispanic Student Association, a University of Memphis organization, joined ICHF's normal cadre of volunteers and staff in preparing for, running, and cleaning up after the party. ICHF is grateful to everyone who helped make the party a raging success.

ICHF offered a premium VIP Guest level this year. These VIP guests received a box of 12 premium cigars produced by ProCigar association company members and Bacardi rum samples.

The silent/raffle ticket auction sent lucky guests home with golf bags, spa retreats, dinners, Dominican masks, banana trees, and much more. The highlight of the evening was the live auction for a trip for two to the Hodelpa Gran Amirante Hotel and Casino in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Over $15,000 was raised by these auctions and ticket sales.

In addition to ProCigar and Bacardi Dominicana, the party sponsors included: Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, Memphis Dermatology Clinic, Pinnacle Airlines, Hicks Convention Services and Larry Rice, Attorney.

An unexpected guest, a Memphis famous spring thunderstorm, did not dampen the fun of the evening. People continued to dance and smoke their cigars well after the party was over! It was a fun and engaging evening at the annual Taste of Caribe benefiting the International Children's Heart Foundation. 

Here a few of our guests this year. Let's see you there next year!