Proceeds will benefit preservation efforts for the historic Cuban Club building
The Cuban Club Bocce Ball Tournament is an annual event designed to bring the community together to raise money for the preservation of the historic Cuban Club building in Ybor City. Four-person bocce ball teams will enjoy free food and drinks, which includes a pig roast, an open bar, cigars and some fun prizes. This event is also open to the public!
WHO: The Cuban Club
WHAT: 3rd Annual Cuban Club Bocce Ball Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, February 1
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cuban Club Patio
2012 Avenida Republica de Cuba
REGISTRATION: Registration is still open!
$500 per 4 person team
CONTACT: Patrick Manteiga, La Gaceta
CUBAN CLUB: The Cuban Club is a historic building constructed in 1917 to serve as a gathering place for Cuban immigrants in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building contains a two-story theater and ballroom and once included a pharmacy, library, cantina, gymnasium, a swimming pool, and two bowling lanes. Imported tile, stained glass windows and elaborately carved scraffito spandrells decorated the structure and the ballroom ceiling displayed elaborate murals. The patio which is located west of the building has hosted boxing matches, famous Cuban entertainers such as Benny More’ and Celia Cruz as well as the big band sounds of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. On the top floor, The Grand Ballroom continues to be the scene of many lavish wedding receptions, New Year’s Eve parties and dances. In 1992, a group of civic-minded individuals formed the Cuban Club Foundation in 1992 to raise funds necessary to save and renovate the building. It is now a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving this very special building and restoring it to its “original” luster.
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