Moon Over Miami Ball at the Raleigh Hotel (1995)

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Hosted annually from 1978 through the 1990s, the Moon Over Miami Ball was a black-tie soiree held to fundraise for the Miami Design Preservation League. The event featured a lively evening with a 1930s nightclub atmosphere, held at several hotels in the historic Art Deco district, and featuring a variety of celebrities each year highlighting a unique theme. Over the years, the Balls brought in some of the greatest talent in the industry, including Cab Calloway, Eartha Kitt, the Xavier Cugat Orchestra, the Incomparable Hildegarde, Lionel Hampton and the Swing Classics.

The Raleigh Hotel was the venue for this event in 1995 in celebration of the theme “Art Deco Latin America.”

Source: From the Barbara Baer Capitman Archives, Art Deco Weekend Program: 1995 Edition. Artist: Barry Zaid
Source: “League Celebrates Art Deco Latin-American style,” The Miami Herald, January 18th, 1995, author Amy Duggan

From Cuba to Puerto Rico, Uruguay to Argentina, the 1995 Ball celebrated the music, architecture and personalities of Latin America. Mambo legend Israel “Chachao” Lopez and Argentina’s Libertad Lamarque graced the stage with their music. But the most glamorous star of all was none other than the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, who performed a concert accompanied by Raul Gallimore’s Orchestra Inmensidad.

Source: ‘Luna Sobre Miami/Moon Over Miami,’ El Nuevo Herald, February 7th, 1995

Sponsors of the event included Citibank, the Raleigh Hotel, Kalhua, and Chiquita. It was attended by over 400 people and raised approximately $20,000 in admission fees for MDPL’s educational programs.

Source: From the Barbara Baer Capitman Archives, Art Deco Weekend Programs – January 1995 Edition
Source: Advertisement for the Art Deco Weekend, The Miami Herald, January 7th, 1995

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