“Meet me in Havana” a hit for River Garden Gala


With authentic Cuban flare and a good cause at its heart, the 23rd annual River Garden Gala was a spectacular success for the non-profit arm of the River Garden system of senior services.

Former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney and his wife Gena were honorary Chairs at the event, hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass. Six hundred patrons danced the night away and enjoyed festive entertainment provided by Chez-zam.

Picture Old Havana in 1959, right before the revolution. No matter what is happening elsewhere in Cuba, the living in Havana is easy and wild. And Chez-zam brought the evening to life through vitality and versatility of their renowned theatrical dance troupe as everyone enjoyed vintage Havana.

The black tie event of dinner, dancing, show time, and silent auctions was a night to remember by all The Gala supports programs and financial assistance through the non-profit arm of the River Garden system of senior services to include the River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health and Aging Center. SunTrust Bank was the Premier sponsor this year.

River Garden provides a wide range of quality, cost effective elder care services in residential, outpatient, and community based settings.

River Garden serves people of all faiths throughout Northeast Florida while maintaining an environment supportive of Jewish identity and informed by Jewish values.

The institution celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. For more information, visit http://www.rivergarden.org.