New Years Eve Dance Party was fantastic! Thanks!

New Year’s Eve Dance Party

Benefit for Mercy Corps.  Party with a purpose!

More than 300 lively people turned out for the New Year’s Eve Dance Party benefit at the Red Rose Ballroom. Pa’lante gave the crowd every reason to dance and they did! But first, the fabulous Jennie Fremont led more than 70 people in a huge circle for a Casino Ruedo Cuban salsa dance lesson!

A big thank you to our sponsors and donors. Laurie Sonnenfeld, Oregon Principal Broker with M Realty created, sponsored and produced the event to celebrate her 25 years in real estate and her 30 years as a music programmer on KBOO 90.7 fm Community Radio. Thanks to Widmer Brothers for beer donations and to Columbia Distributing for helping out with beer and wine. La Calaca Comelona (located at SE 23rd and Belmont) provided the excellent festive tamale dinners. Thanks to KBOO 90.7 FM for being a media cosponsor, along with SE Examiner newspaper and All Things Real Estate newspaper. Thanks to our sweet, intrepid and faithful volunteers who held down the fort– Charla Chamberlain (day job– staff at Sisters of the Road), Dr. Gary Dreger (Naturopath and Acupuncturist extraordinaire at Natural Health Works), Leila Piazza, Debra, Cheryl, Julie and Gabe.

Were you there? Take a look at this short clip of the early crowd and you might see yourself!

New Year’s Eve celebration for Mercy Corps!

Where:  the Red Rose Ballroom, 1829 NE Alberta.

When:  12/31/2013, 9 pm to 1 am.  8:30 salsa dance lesson!
Why: Portland community New Year’s Eve gathering — a high energy dance party to help fund Mercy Corps’ international disaster relief for people around the world. Celebrate the New Year with a joyful musical gathering.