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UCM Gala Goes On Despite the Rain

Intermittent rain didn't deter guests from attending the third annual celebration of Cinco de Mayo last weekend. And it certainly didn't deter them from having a good time.

Hosted by the Friends of United Community Ministries (UCM), and held once again at the home of Lynn and David Swenson, the evening offered a variety of activities for guests. Several tables were filled with silent auction items, many of them attractive theme baskets prepared by Dawn Nelson and her committee. A mariachi band led off the entertainment, with music by Semantix following later.

Salsa bars and beverage stands provided something for guests to get started; it was followed by an ample buffet of Mexican dishes prepared by Baja Fresh. Some guests chose to go right to the chocolate dessert fountain, which produced a steady rain of chocolate for dipping cake and fruit.

Sharon Kelso, executive director of UCM, led the live auction, which featured five getaways and a private appearance by Semantix. Deb Matthews, who co-chaired the event with Angela Dougherty, presented Kelso with a check for $64,000, the gross revenue raised by the gala.

Guests continued bidding on live auction items and enjoyed dancing the remainder of the evening.