Primera Noche Latina – A Sold Out Success

On Friday, August 21st business leaders & owners,  Alderman and the Annapolis community joined together in support of Centro De Ayuda.  The event, dubbed Noche Latina, was a brain child Dr. Reynaldo ‘Rudi’ Rodriguez (Friend of the Centro de Ayuda), Centro de Ayuda Executive Director Loise Novochadlo, Baroak/Loews Hotel General Manager Barbara McMahon, Boatyard Bar & Grill owner Dick Frayno and Rams Head Group President Erin McNaboe to support Centro de Ayuda.   The event raised nearly $15,000 to support Centro de Ayuda.

Centro de Ayuda’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and the successful integration of Hispanic/Latinos and other immigrant families into Annapolis and the greater community of Anne Arundel County.   For over 11 years, the Center of Help has served the immigrant population in Anne Arundel County, assisting new American families helping to successfully integrate into the U.S. culture.

The sold out event was kicked off with free Salsa Lessons from Salsa Now:


A pre-event simultaneously took place in the Rams Head Tavern for sponsors of the festive evening,  enjoying the taste of exquisite Latino cuisine  & margaritas donated by Annapolis’ Caliente Grill


Guests included: Dr. Rudi Rodriguez, Jim Bolduc Annapolis Athletic Club, Harvey Blonder Buddys Crabs & Ribs,  Johnathan & Marni Kagan of Kagan Law Group, LLC,  Charlie Lewnes of Lewnes’ Steak House, Mike Ashford of McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar, Michael D. Zorn from Value IG, Mike Davis of Davis Pub,  Alderman: Ross Arnett, Fred Paone, Kenneth Kirby, Ian Pfeiffer and Rhonda Pindell Charles, Anthony Clarke from Galway Bay,  La Realtor Latina Ani Gonzalez-Brunet, Miriam Stanicic, Erin McNaboe of Rams Head Group, Barbara McMahon of Loews Hotel, Anna Greenberg, Hank Libby of Carol M. Jacobsohn Foundation, and Dick Franyo from Boatyard Bar and Grill.

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All guests for the evening were treated to the amazing artistry of Bolivian DancersRHOSBenefitCentroDeAyuda082115-45

Followed by the incredible sounds of Patrick Alban Band & Noche Latina.  The band kept the dance floor full throughout the evening as guests enjoyed music from Cuba and Latin America, featuring salsa, sambas and music from The Gypsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Jose Feliciano and Blues.RHOSBenefitCentroDeAyuda082115-53 RHOSBenefitCentroDeAyuda082115-61

A brief pause to celebrate wonderful words of thanks from Dr. Rudi and Loise from Centro de Ayuda for the support in the community.  And most importantly, inviting all of us to the 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 27th.


A special word of thanks to this dynamic group of people who made it happen:


Barbara McMahon (Loews Hotel), Dick Frayno (Boatyard Bar & Grill), Erin McNaboe (Rams Head Group), Loise Novochadlo (Centro de Ayuda), Dr. Reynaldo ‘Rudi’ Rodriguez (Centro de Ayuda)

And an extra special shout-out to the Rams Head Team:  Lexi Forster Rams Head Graphic Designer, Zach Price General Manager, Adam McIntosh Sound Engineer, Emily Welsh Rams Head On Stage Manager, Katie Kinder Box Office Manager, Chef Tom Nicklow and all of our outstanding servers for the evening.  All photos by the talented Glenn Miller.

Save the Date
What: 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Festival of the Center of Help
When: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Where: Knights of Columbus 2590 Solomons Island Rd. Edgewater, MD 21037
Admission: FREE
This is a family-friendly event designed to bring the community together to celebrate with live music, entertainment, food, children’s activities and information exhibits by city, county and community organizations representing health and human services, police, fire and emergency/safety and more.  If you are interested in joining our Festival committee, to volunteer, or to become a sponsor of our event, contact us at 410-295-3434 or

For more info on the 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival, click here.

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