Tickets are now on sale for Westport Arts Center’s “Club Havana” fundraiser gala.  The annual gala will take place on Saturday, May 7 at Vespa restaurant and the National Hall Campus in downtown Westport.

The not-to-be-missed event will celebrate the unique and diverse culture of Cuba, immersing guests in the island country’s rich and expressive arts heritage, its food and drinks, and its music.

Howard J. Aibel and Elizabeth Strick will be honored for their significant contributions to the Westport Arts Center and the greater arts community.   The event is co-chaired by Silvia Durno and Laura Perese, both current Westport Arts Center Board Members.

The Westport Arts Center is known for hosting magical and artistically rich fundraisers and “Club Havana” will continue this tradition.  Guests will experience an up-close view of retro automobiles provided by Dragone Classic Motorcars & Auctions, hone their cigar-rolling skills with demonstrations provided by President of La Rosa Cubana Cigars, dance to Jay Prince Music’s lively mix of Cuban-inspired and contemporary music, and create their own photo shoot in a “Club Havana”-themed setting.

Dinner guests will also have the opportunity to purchase scarves featuring the artwork of Cuban artist Ibrahim Miranda Ramos. Ramos, a painter, engraver and professor, is one of the most in-demand Cuban artists. The scarves will only be available at the “Club Havana” dinner, with all proceeds going directly to funding the Westport Arts Center’s education and community service programs.

The Westport Arts Center is committed to community service programs for under-served schools in Bridgeport and Norwalk, and therapeutic arts experiences for unique populations such as senior citizens, cancer patients, military veterans who are homeless, and children with special needs.  In the Westport area, the Arts Center presents significant artists on exhibition in its gallery, hosts stellar Chamber music and Jazz programs, and provides arts education for kids, teens, and youth.

“Club Havana” corporate sponsors to date include Fairfield County Bank; Wells Fargo Advisors; EC Infosystems, Inc.; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Sontag Advisory LLC; Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Dragone Classic Motorcars & Auctions, Lillian August Home Furnishings, Moffly Media, Spiked Seltzer, twenty20 creative design, and 4th Row Films.

In support of “Club Havana,” the Westport Arts Center has also launched a raffle with fantastic odds.  With only 500 tickets issued at $100 each, the odds of winning a $10,000 grand prize are 1 in 500! The raffle is open to the general public with tickets available through May 7 or until limited supplies last.

To purchase “Club Havana” gala tickets, raffle tickets, or to learn more about the event, please call 203.222-7070 or visit

Supporting Events:

April 29 – June 4: Don’t miss the associated exhibition of Cuban art, Two Steps Forward!, exclusively at the Westport Arts Center.  The exhibition will run April 29th – June 4, and will showcase the significant collection of Cuban art, acquired over more than a decade, from the Terri and Steven Certilman Collection. The Certilmans source pieces from the artists directly during their frequent travels to Cuba and have dedicated themselves to promoting the country’s artistic talent. The works in the show explore Cuban identity and its diverse cultural heritage as well as the political and economic climate within the context of geographical isolation and emigration.

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; EC Infosystems, Inc.; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLC; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; Geigers Home and Garden; GWAY Marketing; Gymnasium, Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Sweets; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sheffer Family Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now;  William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.




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