Spicy food, fun at Fiesta Latina


May 28, 2000|By Sloane Brown

Hot food and hot music gave Fiesta Latina 2000 a spicy flavor. Some 220 supporters of Centro De La Comunidad, Baltimore's Latino Community Center, gathered at Lista's Mexican restaurant in Fells Point. The guests savored salty margaritas as a mariachi band strolled through the crowd. Taste buds got another tingle at the dinner buffet, thanks to the hot wings, fajitas and refritos. Then salsa music set the dance floor on fire.

Among those getting into the Latin swing of things: Lilian Laszlo, Kristi Beidenbach, Dr. Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner and Antonio P. Salazar, event committee; Carmen Nieves, executive director of Centro De La Comunidad; Dr. Leonardo Ortega, Centro board president; Hector Torres, board member; Petra Pineyro, Mexican Association of Maryland president; Vinny DeMarco, executive director of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative; Ernie Crofoot, senior and health-care coordinator for AFL-CIO; Beltran Navarro, director of Navarro, Kim & Associates; William Stagg, chair of Prince George's County Hispanic Advisory Committee; Arta Perez, director of Montgomery County Department of Human Resources; Ricardo Flores, staff attorney with the Public Justice Center; Ken Fischer, CEO of CreativeTechConcepts; and Peter Fillat, principal with Peter Fillat Architects.

The fiesta raised about $22,000 for Centro's family and youth programs serving greater Baltimore's Hispanic community.

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