08/27/2012

Noche en Casbah Raises over $300,000!

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La Luz’s Moroccan themed fundraiser, conceived and orchestrated by board member Marcelo Defreitas, with the help of his dedicated Noche Committee, was the best and most successful ever---raising over $300,000!

500 guests glittering in their jeweled caftans, turbans and sultan robes were greeted by Hump-Free the camel, from Lyon Ranch as they entered the Moroccan bazaar at Hanna Boys Center.  The stunning desert scene on the stage was created by Jaime Pandolfo.

IMG1854-LFalafel, kabobs, and cous-cous provided by Elaine Bell Catering were enjoyed by all, as well as Skyy Vodka martinis and wines from Highway 12 Winery.   Auctioneer Ed Vaughn, and our beguiling “genie” Shelia Whitney, entertained the crowd as guests raised their paddles for auction items. 

Board president Claudia Mendoza-Carruth pulled the winning raffle ticket for winners Diane and Henry Mayo.   Yvonne Hall introduced Juan Hernandez III, La Luz’s Executive Director who will assume the position late in August.

The Fund a Need, preceded by a poignant “Thank You, La Luz” video also produced by Defreitas, began with a bang when Alber Saleh and Dean Sereni, followed by Tom and JaMel Perkins, kicked off the bidding at $10,000. Loyal supporters Pam and John Story, Bill and Laurie Hake, and Mark and Linda Brewer each added $5,000. 

As the night grew dark, the brightly colored belly dancers of Troupe Joweh returned to the stage to dance with snakes and swords, and many revelers.

Yvonne Hall, La Luz Executive Director, says,”Noche en Casbah was one of those just-about-perfect evenings -- hundreds of friends of La Luz having a wonderful time and giving generously to support our many programs.  We were thrilled and humbled by the record-breaking response by our guests, and we can't thank Sonoma enough! I'll be retiring at the end of the month with a very full heart.”

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"At La Luz Center, everybody wins!"  says winner Diane Mayo, as she receives her $10,000 "Noche en Casbah" prize raffle check from La Luz Executive Director Yvonne Hall.  

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“Noche en Casbah,” una fiesta con tema Marroquí con el fín de recaudar fondos para La Luz,  concebido y orquestado por el miembro del consejo Marcelo Defreitas, con la ayuda de su Comité dedicado Noche,  fue el mejor y más exitoso jamás --- recaudando más de $ 300.000!

“Hump-Free” el camello de Rancho Lyon, recibió a los 500 huéspedes, brillantes en sus caftanes, joyas, turbantes y túnicas sultan, cuando entraban en el bazar marroquí en Hanna Boys Center. La escena del desierto impresionante en el escenario fue creado por Jaime Pandolfo.

Falafel, brochetas, y cous cous-proporcionada por Elaine Catering Campana fueron disfrutados por todos, así como martinis de vodka Skyy y vinos de la carretera 12 Winery. Subastador Ed Vaughn, y nuestra seductora "genio" Whitney Shelia, entretuvo a la multitud como invitados levantaron sus remos para artículos de subasta. 

La presidenta de la Junta Claudia Mendoza-Carruth sacó el boleto ganador para perteneciente a Diane Mayo Henry. Yvonne Hall introdujo a Juan Hernández III, Nuevo Director Ejecutivo de La Luz, quien asumirá el cargo a finales de agosto.

El Fondo de la Necesidad, precedido de un conmovedor "Gracias, La Luz" video producido también por Defreitas, comenzó con una explosión cuando Alber Saleh y Dean Sereni, seguido por Tom Perkins y Jamel, dio inicio a la subasta en $ 10.000. Partidarios leales Pam y John Story, Bill y Laurie Hake, y Mark y Linda Brewer sumaron cada uno $ 5.000. 

A medida que la noche se hizo oscura, los colores brillantes bailarines del vientre de Joweh Troupe regresó al escenario para bailar con serpientes y espadas, y muchos juerguistas.

Yvonne Hall, Director Ejecutivo de La Luz, dice, "Noche en Casbah fue una de esas noches justo unos perfectos - cientos de amigos de La Luz pasando muy bien y ofreciendo fondos generosamente para apoyar nuestros programas. Nos quedamos encantados y humillado por la respuesta sin precedentes por nuestros clientes, y no podemos agradecer lo suficiente a Sonoma! Voy a retirarme al final del mes con un corazón muy completo. "

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