Cuban Club New Year’s

If you’re looking for something a little different – actually, a lot different – this New Year’s Eve, you might consider ringing in 2005 at Ybor City’s Cuban Club (Circulo Cubano de Tampa). It’s not your basic holiday bash; it’s the semi-formal (black tie optional), annual New Year’s Eve Ball hosted by the Krewe of Mambi and the Cuban Club – and held in the building’s elegant Grand Ballroom. The historic club building is located at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th Street. Parking will be available at the Fernando Noriega City Parking Garage behind the Cuban Club.

Tickets are $75 per person and include: dinner; open bar-8 to midnight; live music by the 11-piece Orquesta Infinidad; a continental breakfast; and a champagne toast. Plus all proceeds go to a good cause: the ongoing restoration efforts at the vintage 1917 edifice.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; dinner is served at 8:30. No tickets will be sold at the door and seating is limited. The number to call for reservations is 248-2954. For those interested in sponsorship opportunities, the number is 508-1025. Ask for Jorge Diaz.

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