The Blood and Tissue Foundation of San Antonio knows a thing or two about improving lives, whether that be through research into live-saving treatment or simply giving guests an unforgettable evening. On Saturday, October 7th, the Foundation’s Red & White Ball offered donors “A Night in Old Havana,” complete with top-notch food, music, and other Cuban specialties.
The Marriott Rivercenter hosted the event beneath elegant palms, with tropical flowers and gorgeous ironwork for guests to pass through on their way to the open bar for hand-shaken Mojitos. Austin’s Bobalu Cigar Company provided hand-rolled cigars, while percussionist Carmelo Torres, Studio One salsa dancers, and Matchmaker Band offered entertainment under the watchful eye of emcee Wendy Rigby.
Guests enjoyed frisee salad with grilled watermelon, pineapple, feta, and a sugarcane balsamic vinaigrette before tucking into filet mignon with chimichurri sauce and ultimately topping things off with banana crème pie. They left with more than just full stomachs and happy memories, of course, thanks to a fedora raffle wherein the lucky winner took home a guayabera from Penner’s Men Store.
The Ball, hosted yearly, serves to raise money and awareness for GenCure, a local medical lab specializing in regenerative therapy. This year’s specifically focused on GenCure’s efforts to gather stem cell-rich cord blood, which is of incredible benefit when treating such disorders as cancer and diabetes.
Be sure to support them as best you can and keep an eye out for next year’s theme!
All photos supplied by Jonathan Alonso Photography.