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Cuban casino inspires guild gala

I

n 1930,

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Cuba's

capital city of

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Havana
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celebrated the grand opening of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba — a luxury hotel and casino located on the Malecón that stretches over four miles along Havana's sea wall.

Over the next two decades, the hotel became a hot destination for the jet set of the era, and a favorite getaway for many American actors, athletes and writers such as

Frank Sinatra

and

Ava Gardner

,

Marlon Brando

,

Mickey Mantle

and

Ernest Hemingway

.

In a tip of the hat to this nostalgic time and place, members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Childrens Hospital

Los Angeles

gathered at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, which had been transformed into a re-creation of the legendary Cuban hotel, for the organization's 61st annual spring cotillion.

Presented under the theme "An Evening in Habana," guests dressed in both formal and Cuban-inspired resort attire of the 1930s and '40s were welcomed to last week's gala by the event's Chairwoman

Rosemarie Witten

, mistress of ceremonies

Malena Tappan

, guild President

Sharon Terranova

, and officers

Judy Gragg, Dolly Monte, Joan Chandler, Alicia Katz

and

Judy LaVerde

.

Among those who enjoyed the display of vintage vehicles, courtyard cocktail reception that included a cigar-making demonstration and an evening of blackjack, craps, poker and roulette before a traditional Cuban dinner, were the guild's immediate past president

Sue Ann Gordon, Harry

and

Diane Campbell, Victor

and

Donna Salant, Brooks

and

Ann Gardener, Deborah

and

Ron Spang, Chris Gargaro, John

and

Mary Jo Hjelmstrom

,

Anita Daniel, Jan

and

Chris Oiestad, Joe Terranova

,

Dean Shelby, Mary Christensen, Pete McGrath, Katherine Richards, Ken

and

Bea Wainwright

,

Robert and Marj Overstreet

,

Alisa Cunningham

and

Teresa Garcia

.

Since its establishment in 1947, the La Providencia Guild has operated as an associate group of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles that has been treating seriously ill children since 1901.

Along with the operation of their thrift shop at 3301 W.

Burbank

Blvd., the guild stages two annual fundraisers — the spring cotillion, and a fall fashion show, of which all proceeds, exclusive of operating expenses, go directly to Childrens Hospital.

Along with the guild's officers, others who served on this year's cotillion committee included

Suzanne Hill, Christine Smith, Sandie Tomer

,

Veronica Chavoor, Gene Marie Watson, Lynn Shelby, Glenda Jones

and

Tish Sellers

.

Others who made the event a success by their support and presence included

Yvonne McMillan, Bob Gordon, Marcia Baroda, Jim

and

Jane Casey, Walt Gragg, Allen Katz, Karol

and

Jane Eller, Peggy McDonald, Gus and Mary Montanez, Dorothy Patrick, Judy

and

Bert Pierce, Peggy Pulver, Phil

and

Jeanette Tersigni, Bob Tomer

,

Dom

and

Anita Vennari, Gene Marie Watson

,

Al Workman

and

Richard Witten

.

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