Latin Dance Party fundraiser returns with international flair

Susan Shane of Shelburne dresses the part for the Latin Dance Party last year. Tickets for this year’s fundraiser are available now.

Susan Shane of Shelburne dresses the part for the Latin Dance Party last year. Tickets for this year’s fundraiser are available now.

By Sheri Duff

The energy from the small group assembled in Shelburne last week was palpable. With a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a cause and the third annual Hands to Honduras-Tela (H2H-Tela) fundraiser on tap for next week; the group’s passion for the event was on display. Take H2H-Tela’s tireless chair Linda Gilbert and her husband, Al, add a Dominican-born Alejandro Torrens, leader of the 10-piece Latin band Alejandro & Grupo Sabor, and his wife, Abby Sperry, a UVM Spanish professor and musician. Mix in Queen City Tango’s Argentinian-born Hugo Martinez Cazon and H2H-Tela’s David Jonah and the business at hand became fluid, cooperative, almost effortless.

This year’s Latin Dance Party will take place Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm at the beautiful coach Barn at Shelburne Farms with a more international flair. Argentine tango will be the featured this year in addition to salsa and merengue. Hugo, founder of Queen City Tango, will lead the dance instruction and performance with Lyne Renaud, renowned Founder of the School al ASur Tango in Montreal. “It is an honor for my instructor to agree to participate with me for this worthy cause,” Hugo said enthusiastically. “Montreal is the largest community for tango and Lyne brought Argentine tango to that city. She is a fantastic teacher.”

“The performance alone is worthy of admission. It is something you might see at the Flynn Theater for more than this event’s $30 admission fee,” Linda, the chair of the event, added, “and you don’t have to be an expert or a dancer to enjoy the evening. There’s something for everyone.”

And by something she means Latin-inspired appetizers, authentic Argentina empanadas made by Abby, will be served. “There’s a secret ingredient,” Abby shared. “William Wisell of Cucina Antica will dish up specialty pizzas and desserts will also be available,” noted Linda. “There’s a cash bar hosted by Shelburne Farms, dance instruction, and a creative silent auction. From Red Sox tickets to artwork to lobster dinner accoutrements; the silent auction is an opportunity to indulge in holiday gift purchases,” she added.

“For those interested in dance lessons, come early,” Alejandro suggests. “A basic class for beginners will begin while the band is setting up and between music breaks.”

The proceeds of this international event will benefit the H2H-Tela construction project of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Tela Hospital. A small 14-foot x 12-foot room currently houses up to 20 newborns in a room meant for three. According to Linda this Neonatal Unit could be one of the most important H2H-Tela projects every constructed. “We have a two-year construction plan. The foundation should be poured next October with an official dedication in 2015. This is my big goal and its success depends on this fundraiser. ”

Indulge your passion and support a worthy cause at the same time. Reservations and tickets for this popular event are available now.
online – www.inlu.com/h2h2013
check – payable to Hands to Honduras-Tela and sent to Hands to Honduras-Tela, 190 Red Tail Lane, Charlotte, VT 05445 or
in person – Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary booth at Shelburne’s Farmers Market on Saturday from 9 am-1 pm.

To learn more about Hands to Honduras-Tela, please visit: www.handstohonduras.org.
For information about the fundraiser, please email lindaggilbert@gmail.com or call 425-3838.

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