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LATIN FEVER BALL

LATIN FEVER BALL

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The lively crowd parties during the carnival-inspired “La Hora Loca.”
The lively crowd parties during the carnival-inspired “La Hora Loca.”

Guests celebrated in proper fashion at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta during the Latin Fever Ball, a charity gala supporting the Latin American Association. In its 28th year, the event drew 650 guests who enjoyed Puerto Rican décor and music by Orquesta Nova Sound as well as remarks by gala chairs Rey and Genie Pascual, LAA board members and presenting sponsor UPS. The dinner honored the theme with a salad made with pineapple and hearts of palm, Puerto Rican bistec encebollado (sirloin with an onion sauce) and yucca mofongo (mashed yucca with salt, garlic and oil). Auction items included a VIP experience to the Latin Billboard Awards, a Riviera Maya suite and Puerto Rican vacation package, helping raise $485,000. Following the auction, dessert arrived in the form of a coquí-shaped tembleque (coconut pudding) with mango sorbet, Puerto Rican rum and a coral-reef decoration. A carnival-inspired party, “La Hora Loca,” included tunes by DJ Norm, stilt walkers, noisemakers and performers in colorful costumes and vejigante masks. The event continued late into the night with an after party complete with a midnight Champagne toast. – Jordana Klein

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Photos: Ninh Chau

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