Inside The Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education’s Fiesta
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education’s Fiesta 2018 was held on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Each year at Fiesta, the Casita Maria Gold Medal of Honor is awarded to outstanding individuals in recognition to their contribution to the worlds of arts, education, and philanthropy. This year, Casita Maria honored three exceptional philanthropic individuals: Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Mary Snow, and Carlos Souza.
Cuban Actress Sissi Fleitas was the evening’s host. The Dinner Chairmen were Jacqueline Weld Drake, HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Carlos Mota. Casita Maria’s Chairman Jacqueline Weld Drake presented all three honorees with their Gold Medals of Honor.
The Honorary Chairs were Elizabeth Peabody, Christine Schwarzman, and Lynn Wyatt.
American-Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto performed two songs with guitarist Guilherme Monteiro.
“I am proud to say that in 2018, our programs have served more than 1000 promising young members of the Bronx, East Harlem and Harlem communities,” said Board Chairman Jaqueline Weld Drake. She went on to say, “Looking ahead to what’s in store in 2019 and beyond, Casita Maria will continue to advance our mission and work to build a brighter, more creative, and culturally rich future for our children and all future residents of the South Bronx and East Harlem.”
Guests enjoyed Smoked Salmon Polka Dot Carpaccio as an appetizer, followed by Grilled Filet Mignon as a main course. Dessert was Alternating Fifth Avenue Cheesecake and Blackout Cake Redux.