By Sheri Duff
Start with Hands to Honduras-Tela’s (H2H-Tela) tireless chair Linda Gilbert and her husband, Al. Add a Dominican-born Alejandro Torrens, leader of the 10-piece Latin band Alejandro & Grupo Sabor. Mix well with H2H-Tela’s experienced event planners Dave Jonah, Lois Knapp, Renee Davitt, and Margo Plank, and the finishing touches on the Latin Dance Party are nearly complete. The fourth annual H2H-Tela benefit is on tap for next week and the group responsible for the benefit remains as passionate about the program as when it was first established.
This year’s Latin Dance Party with an international flair will take place Friday, Sept. 5 at 7pm at the beautiful Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. Rhode Island’s hottest Latin band Jesus Andujar & Grupo Sazon will be featured. “Jesus was born into a family of great musicians and your heart will never beat the same way again after listening to him play,” boasted Linda.
The musical pairing of Alejandro Torrens and Jesus Andujar promises to delight participants, as does a vocal performance by Hermes Cardozo. “The performances themselves, full of spontaneity and warmth, are worthy of the price of admission,” Linda explained, “and you don’t have to be an expert or even a dancer to enjoy the evening. It’s so much more.”
“William Wisell of Cucina Antica will dish up specialty pizzas and sweet treats prepared by Colombian Eats, a new Shelburne-based business offering Colombian-American food. Co-owners, Juanita and Anne will bring some of their favorite treats from their childhoods in Colombia and the Midwest, respectively, to Vermont,” noted Linda. “And Sara and Ethan Brown of Great Harvest Bread are contributing again this year. They are great and so committed to community sharing.”
And that’s not all. “There’s a cash bar hosted by Shelburne Farms, dance instruction by Victoria Moore of SalsaLina Dance, the only dance studio in Vermont dedicated to bringing modern style salsa dancing to the Burlington area,” said Linda. “Don’t forget there’s a creative silent auction. This year’s auction features a week in Florida’s New Smyrna Beach, maple syrup, restaurant gift certificates, golf outings and much more,” she added. Attendees should note that due to intermittent internet at the Coach Barn, it’s cash or check only. No credit cards will be accepted.
The proceeds of this international event will benefit the construction of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Tela Hospital. After a delay because of design changes, the foundation is currently in progress and in February, H2H-Tela volunteers will begin construction of the building.
Attend this fun and lively event, learn how to tango or salsa, and support a worthy cause at the same time. Tickets can be purchased from the Flynn Theater by calling 86-Flynn, at the Shelburne Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. 30 or call 425-3838. Checks can be made payable to Hands to Honduras-Tela and sent to Hands to Honduras-Tela, 190 Red Tail Lane, Charlotte, VT 05445. To purchase your ticket at the door, call 363-6064.
To learn more about Hands to Honduras-Tela, please visit www.handstohonduras.org.
For information about the fundraiser, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Sheri Duff