Gabby follows her passion at the Latin American Community Center Grand Ball, has a di-vine time at a wine and beer fest in Felton, and legs it out at DSO’s The Night of All Nights bash.
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It Takes Two to Tango
You ain’t been to a party until you’ve been to a Latin American Community Center party. One step into the elegantly outfitted Waterfall Banquet Center for the LACC’s Grand Ball, Gabby was pulled into a dizzying vortex of dancing, passion, laughter and sexy, sexy, sexy.
At the center of it all stood Danielle Rice, executive director of the Delaware Art Museum. “You know, truth be told, I’m hoping Juan Carlos [Figueroa] will take me out for a spin,” she said. “Did you see him?” Gabby did, indeed. Juan Carlos and his wife Theresa, of Brandywine Hundred, put on a tango clinic for the uninitiated. “We wanted to make it a little bit sexy,” Theresa said of their routine and her dazzling red halter tango ensemble. Mission accomplished. “Did you see her shoes?” Juan Carlos asked. “They’re key. I try to keep up with her.”
He certainly did, as the Rev. Paula Maiorano, president of A Center for Relational Living, can attest. “Whoo!” she said. “That tango did it for me. I’ve never been to this event, but I’ll be back.” When Gabby squinched her nose just so beneath the delicious aroma of Spanish cuisine, she caught subtle hints of Eau de Election Year coming from celebrity guests Beau Biden (whom was charmingly appreciative of the efforts of Dr. Yamil Sanchez, director of Wilmington’s Kuumba Academy and the recipient of the evening’s Professional Achievement award), Chris Coons, Chip Flowers and Trinidad Navarro, all of whom behaved and stayed until the dessert spoons came out.
Dulce Lopez of Wilmington, the reigning Miss Hispanic Delaware, walked the ball’s red carpet in a black gown as sweet as her name, her sash and a sky-high sparkly crown. Though Gabby didn’t see her on the dance floor, not a single person moved with more energy and purpose than LACC executive director Maria Matos. Dressed in a flowing ice-blue gown encrusted with crystals, she worked the room. “This is the premier event of the year for Latinos,” she said. “We do this event to raise money for our early development center, and of course, we love to have fun. We love our friends.”
Her wing woman, vice president of the board Tabitha Castro, looked lovely and fresh with a flower tucked behind her ear.
At the post-dinner ceremony role call, Judge Aida Waserstein got the warmest round of applause and catcalls of the night. (Methinks her distractingly gorgeous earrings had something to do with it.) Plotting a way to get husband Eric Doroshow out on the dance floor, Aida turned to her girlfriends for help. “Just push him out there. Please!” Now, now Aida. Put the gavel away—he’ll go. And he did, as did many others after the Figueroas, with a flourishing dip, opened the dance floor for the evening. Gabby was reluctant to leave the smashing fiesta without telling LACC PR director Carlos de los Ramos and his assistant Brian Radziwill how dashing they looked in their tuxedos. Muy guapo, gentlemen.
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