Centro de la Comunidad

MARYLAND SCENE

May 16, 1999|By Sloane Brown

Baltimore's Centro de la Comunidad celebrated its fifth anniversary with a Fiesta Latina, a shindig with salsa (both at dinner and on the dance floor) at Lista's restaurant in Fells Point.

The evening began with a mariachi band and margaritas. No, that wasn't a conga line snaking onto the back balcony. It was just folks waiting for their chance at the burritos, black beans and rice.

Among those enjoying this evening were Haydee Rodriguez, Centro's executive director; Dr. Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, chair of Centro's board of directors; Dr. Leonardo Ortega, board vice chair; Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, Hector Torres and Andrew Jezic, board members; Angelo Solara, vice chair of the Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Affairs; and Rahn Barnes, Provident Bank of Maryland.

Many of the 262 guests went from eating Latin to feet-ing Latin, as the salsa dance band Grupo Latino Continental helped them work off their dinner on the dance floor. The $25,000 raised will help Centro de la Comunidad provide services, information and advocacy to the Baltimore area's Latino community.

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