Society Thrives Here - Noche en Copacabana
Aquarela Brazilian Dancers
Paul Rattay Photography
“Music and passion” were all the fashion at La Luz Center’s Noche en Copacabana party that transformed the Barracks into Havana’s glitzy 1940s landmark nightclub. Panama hats, guayaberas, nightclub attire, plenty of bling, and sexy Brazilian dancers made for one of Sonoma’s best parties of the year.
“Carmen Miranda” a.k.a. Sheila Whitney, Sonoma’s favorite chanteuse, welcomed guests and shook more than her coconuts on the 60-foot stage she shared with auctioneer Ed Vaughn and the 9-piece Cuban Orquesta La Moderna Tradición. Bird of paradise stilt walkers circulated among 400 La Luz supporters sampling caipirinhas and Elaine Bell’s Cuban-inspired pulled pork and paella. The nightclub came alive with Jamie Pandolfo’s lush décor, Patrick Jude’s inspired centerpieces, and towering palm trees built by Jack Lundgren.
Co-chairs Karen Adelson and Marcelo Defreitas, with their “Noche Machine” committee (all in Carmen-style fruit-laden hats) created an event that raised more than $300,000 for La Luz Center.