By Blue


fiesta-latinaLast year’s Fiesta Latina was such a success, that the Lake Chapala Society decided to make this an annual event. The 2013 Fiesta will be held again in LCS’s gardens on February 2nd from 2:30 until dark. This is the Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go to support the LCS Community Education Programs.

It will be a day filled with great food, libations and entertainment. Roberto of Roberto’s Restaurant is offering a scrumptious and imaginative Latin menu from Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Entertainment this year will be provided by the charismatic Javier Raygoza and his 40 plus young-to elderly members of the Orquestra Tipica de Chapala who always delight listeners with their authentic and very danceable Latin American music. In addition, party goers will once again be entertained with exciting Latin dances performed by:

Graciela Ducet and Alberto Costales from Argentina and Cuba respectively. They reside in Ajijic and work with the Mexican community on projects which enhance the local quality of life.

Jorge de Santiago and Karina Aguayo – Jorge is a physical trainer, who runs the Zona Fitness Gym in Riberas del Pilar and Karina is a trained dancer. They live in Chapala.

Judit Rajhathy and Francisco – She’s from Canada and he’s from Mexico City. They are excellent dancers who give Latin dance lessons in Chapala.

After their performances, the dancers will invite attendees on stage to join them in dancing and for dance instruction. The Fiesta Latina 2012 raised over $100,000 pesos for the following LCS Community Education Programs:

Biblioteca (library at the Wilkes Education Center)/ESL Classes(English as a second language)/Children’s Art Program (held every Saturday morning in back of the LCS)/Student Aid Program (helping students with their advanced education expenses)/Computer Classes/Summer Remedial Program

In addition to the entertainment, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the ever-popular 50/50 draw and to bid in the silent auction which will feature services, products and memorable experiences including a flat-screen TV, hotel packages, romantic dinners, wine tasting and more.

Last year, tickets sold out early. This year tickets are $450 and include food, entertainment, dancing in the gazebo and one margarita. Get yours soon at the LCS, Opus Boutique or Diane Pearl Colecciones. No tickets will be sold at the door. Then, don your brightest Latin colors and have a marvelous day while supporting these great programs within your community.



The committee this year is headed by Lois Cugini (center) and includes (left to right) Pat Doran, Nancy Creevan, Sharon Smith and Aurora Michel. In addition, nearly 25 volunteers will pitch in to make this year’s Fiesta Latina the success it was in 2012.


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