offices of ANF Architects were transformed into an Cuban island
paradise in July, with imported cigars, fine rum and a very interesting array of
Bret Rodriguez, a
member of the Bacardi family and the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) board of directors president, personally supervised
a huge ice luge that featured an assortment of Barcardi flavored rums.
Alejandro Cuenca of Joya de Nicaragua, the Central American country’s oldest
and most prestigious cigar company, gave generous recognition to the great work
done by ICHF and handed out awards to thank Dr. Novick and others for the great
job they have done in Nicaragua.
addition, the Memphis renowned ‘Fire Lady’ Jessy Harrison danced and juggled a
range of fiery torches, sometimes handling up to 12 at one time.
Also in attendance was a very gifted LED
Hula Hoop dancer, Mona Lott, who made it look easy.
Jam entertained the crowd with cool island sounds and a huge buffet featuring
Caribbean classics such as jerk chicken satay, pulled pork tacos, black bean
and corn salsa and homemade sopapillas was available.
silent auction with many cigars and accessories, including memorabilia donated
by Joya de Nicaragua was held. All
guests were given complimentary cigars upon arrival, again gifts from Joya de
Over $11,000.00 was raised at this year's event. All
proceeds generated by the Taste of Caribe went to International Children’s
Heart Foundation (ICHF), whose mission is to provide life-saving surgical care
to children with congenital heart defects in developing countries. In addition to the hands on care provided by
the surgeons in each of these countries, ICHF’s secondary mission is to create
a sustainable heart care infrastructure, training the local surgeons and
medical staff. ICHF also provide
medication, surgical supplies and diagnostic equipment to local hospitals in
these developing countries.
in 1993 by Dr. William Novick, ICHF has provided medical care to over 7,000
children in 33 countries, including Iraq, Ukraine and the Dominican Republic. Since Dr. Novick’s first international surgery
over twenty years ago, ICHF has grown into a multinational nonprofit with staff
and volunteers from all over the world, but it still manages to keep its roots
in Memphis where Dr. Novick is also a professor of International Child Health
and Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.