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ATC’s Giving Gala will salsa to Latin beat for student scholarships

August 4, 2018

Havana Nights will be the theme of the Aiken Technical College Foundation’s second Giving Gala.

The event, which raises money for student scholarships, will be Oct. 5 at The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation.

“Last year we changed our entire event from ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ to the Giving Gala, and it was well received. Our theme last year was ‘40 Years of Friends and Fundraising,’ celebrating the ATC Foundation’s 40th anniversary,” said Mary Commons, the director of the ATC Foundation. “It is always risky to try something different, but it paid off. We raised more than $14,000 for student scholarships.”

In keeping with the Caribbean theme, West End Mambo, a six-piece band that plays a variety of classic salsa and Latin jazz, will perform at the Giving Gala.

Formed in 1999, West End Mambo features musicians from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean, according to its website. The band is based in North Carolina.

The event also will feature a cocktail reception, Latin dancers, Cuban hors d’oeuvres, a cigar and rum bar, desserts and a silent auction. Attire for the evening is festive and colorful with bright Latin attire.

Tickets are $70 per person, and proceeds benefit student scholarships at ATC.

“Scholarships are so important to our students,” Commons said. “Whether it helps toward tuition or enables students to buy books, it is very much appreciated and helps the students focus on their education rather than worrying about their finances while attending ATC.”

The presenting sponsor for the Giving Gala is Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The entertainment sponsor is CB&I AREVA MOX Services. The festive fare sponsor is Savannah River Remediation.

The other sponsors are Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Centerra SRS, MTU America Inc., Security Federal Bank, Stewart and Associates Inc., Aiken Standard, Woodside Aiken Realty and the Hampton Inn.

For more information or to get tickets, contact Commons at 803-508-7413 or commons@atc.edu.

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