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.