With a theme of “Hot Havana Nights,” the seventh annual Brandon Holiday Charity Ball burned up the dance floor while netting toys and raising money for the Toys for Tots program and Metropolitan Ministries.
Way2Dance and Savage Consulting co-sponsored the annual event, which drew hundreds to the Regent on Dec. 14. Guests were introduced to Cuban cuisine, Latin music and entertainment, decorations and lots of couples’ and line dancing.
The entertainers drew raves, including Leonard Mardis with Leonard’s Academy of Dance, Dance Quest International, Olga Jacobs with Olgadnz Tampa Ballroom Kids Academy, Laurie Barclay and Richard Collett with Rhapsody Ballroom, Eddie Rivera (Dance It Studio) with Marta (Dance 2 B by Marta Lyszkowicz Ent.) and Lyn Sky Entertainment.
Grace Badillo-Gonzalez served as emcee of the event, the Jane Muñoz Band provided singing and live music, and Big Beats Entertainment and Chris Heath lent to the sounds as the deejay.
Metropolitan Ministries’ Out of the Box Catering provided delicious American/Cuban food.
Attendees donated enough toys to fill 24 boxes of toys. An additional 14 bikes were donated and organizers also collected monetary donations to help less fortunate children have a magical Christmas year.
Savage Counsulting CEO Bob Savage and Way2Dance owner Tatyana Frost continue to pursue the event despite the challenges of staging the ball during the busy holiday period.
In the past six year the Holiday Charity Ball had donated over 138 boxes of toys, over 20 bikes, and donated over $20,000 dollars to Toys for Tots organization.