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"Cabana chic" revelers rock Night in Havana bash — with 9-foot tall Castro, Cuban cigars & mojitos

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18 Dr. Romy Mitchell, from left, Andrea Audish and Kerry Gaughan at A Night in Havana July 2014
Dr. Romy Mitchell, from left, "Castro," Andrea Audish and Kerry Gaughan. Photo by Morris Malakoff
35 Stacy Andell, from left, Matt Harris and Leigh McBurnett at A Night in Havana July 2014
Stacy Andell, from left, Matt Harris and Leigh McBurnett. Photo by Morris Malakoff
19 Emile Browne, fromleft, Pamela Ulmen and Sharon and Errol McLaughlin at A Night in Havana July 2014
Emile Browne, from left, Pamela Ulmen and Sharon and Errol McLaughlin. Photo by Morris Malakoff
The crowd at A Night in Havana July 2014
The patio at Hudson Lounge rocks during "A Night in Havana." Photo by Morris Malakoff
31 Scott and Emily Jackson at A Night in Havana July 2014
Scott and Emily Jackson. Photo by Morris Malakoff
29 Mike Neugebauer, from left, Ken Sissingh and Jesse Blackwell at A Night in Havana July 2014
Mike Neugebauer, from left, Ken Sissingh and Jesse Blackwell. Photo by Morris Malakoff
25 Kellyn and Alejandro Vila, from left, and Fatima and Wasim Khan at A Night in Havana July 2014
Kellyn and Alejandro Vila, from left, and Fatima and Wasim Khan. Photo by Morris Malakoff
16 Ben Sachs, from left, Aiesha Maxwell and Jeff Schmidt at A Night in Havana July 2014
Ben Sachs, from left, Aiesha Maxwell and Jeff Schmidt. Photo by Morris Malakoff
28 Megan Maese and Preston Lester at A Night in Havana July 2014
Megan Maese and Preston Lester. Photo by Morris Malakoff
26 Lee Willeford, left, and John Sartorius at A Night in Havana July 2014
Lee Willeford, left, and John Sartorius. Photo by Morris Malakoff
32 Stacy and John Andell at A Night in Havana July 2014
Stacy and John Andell. Photo by Morris Malakoff
The crowd and venue at A Night in Havana July 2014
Burlesque dancers entertain at annual benefit bash. Photo by Morris Malakoff
23 Keely T., from left, Rachel Romaguera and Lindsey Hardouin at A Night in Havana July 2014
Keely T., from left, Rachel Romaguera and Lindsey Hardouin. Photo by Morris Malakoff
22 Katie Beirne, from left, with Julie and Jeff Donovan at A Night in Havana July 2014
Katie Beirne, from left, with Julie and Jeff Donovan, Photo by Morris Malakoff
17 Bill Tatman, from left, Heather O'Keefe and Will Olterman at A Night in Havana July 2014
Bill Tatman, from left, Heather O'Keefe and Will Olterman. Photo by Morris Malakoff
14 Amanda Kirkwood, from left, Pat Horan and Courtney Ebeier at A Night in Havana July 2014
Amanda Kirkwood, from left, Courtney Ebeier and Pat Horan. Photo by Morris Malakoff
The crowd and venue at A Night in Havana July 2014
Hudson Lounge was packed with partygoers. Photo by Morris Malakoff
18 Dr. Romy Mitchell, from left, Andrea Audish and Kerry Gaughan at A Night in Havana July 2014
35 Stacy Andell, from left, Matt Harris and Leigh McBurnett at A Night in Havana July 2014
19 Emile Browne, fromleft, Pamela Ulmen and Sharon and Errol McLaughlin at A Night in Havana July 2014
The crowd at A Night in Havana July 2014
31 Scott and Emily Jackson at A Night in Havana July 2014
29 Mike Neugebauer, from left, Ken Sissingh and Jesse Blackwell at A Night in Havana July 2014
25 Kellyn and Alejandro Vila, from left, and Fatima and Wasim Khan at A Night in Havana July 2014
16 Ben Sachs, from left, Aiesha Maxwell and Jeff Schmidt at A Night in Havana July 2014
28 Megan Maese and Preston Lester at A Night in Havana July 2014
26 Lee Willeford, left, and John Sartorius at A Night in Havana July 2014
32 Stacy and John Andell at A Night in Havana July 2014
The crowd and venue at A Night in Havana July 2014
23 Keely T., from left, Rachel Romaguera and Lindsey Hardouin at A Night in Havana July 2014
22 Katie Beirne, from left, with Julie and Jeff Donovan at A Night in Havana July 2014
17 Bill Tatman, from left, Heather O'Keefe and Will Olterman at A Night in Havana July 2014
14 Amanda Kirkwood, from left, Pat Horan and Courtney Ebeier at A Night in Havana July 2014
The crowd and venue at A Night in Havana July 2014

The mojitos and margaritas flowed like rivers at flood stage as close to 600 revelers took over Hudson Lounge for the annual rocking charity bash known as "A Night in Havana." As the 9-foot tall Fidel Castro patrolled the club interiors and patio, guests lit up Cuban cigars and swayed to the spins of DJ Senega, accompanied by his sidekick drummer Tain Chi Chi.

Castro wasn't the only character joining the party as Big Bird, The Thing (from the Fantastic Four) and burlesque dancers on lighted boxes each contributed their special brand of exotica. As John Andell, one of the three dozen hosts, emailed,  "It was B-A-N-A-N-A-S . . . one of the best ones yet actually."

The sixth annual fundraiser, aimed at the twenty-ish and thirtysomething crowd, featured Circulo Tequila. The brand's Silver label and the smoother, more sophisticated Reposado kept this rollicking crowd well hydrated.

Each year, the host committee of young professionals selects a different charity as beneficiary of the night's high spirits. Rescued Pets Movement, which places homeless cats and dogs in homes throughout the country, was this year's recipient of funds raised.

Abiding by the "cabana chic" dress code in all manner of linens and fedoras were guests including Stacy Andell, Lee Willeford, Andrea Audish, Kerry Gaughan, Emile Brown, Sharon and Errol McLaughlin, Emily and Scott Jackson, John Sartorious, Dr. Romy Mitchell and Amanda Kirkwood.

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