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Taste of Caribe: A Great Party (with an even greater purpose)

The offices of ANF Architects were transformed into an Cuban island paradise in July, with imported cigars, fine rum and a very interesting array of Caribbean cuisine.    

Bret Rodriguez, a member of the Bacardi family and the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) board of directors president, personally supervised a huge ice luge that featured an assortment of Barcardi flavored rums.  

  

Dr. Alejandro Cuenca of Joya de Nicaragua, the Central American country’s oldest and most prestigious cigar company, gave generous recognition to the great work done by ICHF and handed out awards to thank Dr. Novick and others for the great job they have done in Nicaragua.    

In addition, the Memphis renowned ‘Fire Lady’ Jessy Harrison danced and juggled a range of fiery torches, sometimes handling up to 12 at one time.  

    

Also in attendance was a very gifted LED Hula Hoop dancer, Mona Lott, who made it look easy.     

  

Coconut Jam entertained the crowd with cool island sounds and a huge buffet featuring Caribbean classics such as jerk chicken satay, pulled pork tacos, black bean and corn salsa and homemade sopapillas was available. 

  

A silent auction with many cigars and accessories, including memorabilia donated by Joya de Nicaragua was held.   All guests were given complimentary cigars upon arrival, again gifts from Joya de Nicaragus.  

Over $11,000.00 was raised at this year's event.  All proceeds generated by the Taste of Caribe went to International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF), whose mission is to provide life-saving surgical care to children with congenital heart defects in developing countries.  In addition to the hands on care provided by the surgeons in each of these countries, ICHF’s secondary mission is to create a sustainable heart care infrastructure, training the local surgeons and medical staff.  ICHF also provide medication, surgical supplies and diagnostic equipment to local hospitals in these developing countries. 

Started in 1993 by Dr. William Novick, ICHF has provided medical care to over 7,000 children in 33 countries, including Iraq, Ukraine and the Dominican Republic.  Since Dr. Novick’s first international surgery over twenty years ago, ICHF has grown into a multinational nonprofit with staff and volunteers from all over the world, but it still manages to keep its roots in Memphis where Dr. Novick is also a professor of International Child Health and Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Posted by Eli Cloud at 9:23 AM
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