The Masterpiece Holiday Benefit Rumba – A Night in Havana

Masterpiece turned up the heat like never before on Friday December 18, 2015, when it brought a taste of Smokin’ Hot Havana to The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City for the Masterpiece Holiday Rumba Party, which benefitted The HOPE (Helping Other People Every Day) Foundation.


The Who’s Who of South Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area joined Masterpiece President Phyllis Lacca, the Lacca family and the Masterpiece family at this year’s holiday party. Atlantic City Mayor Donald Guardian, Board of Chosen Freeholders Chairman Frank Formica, Philadelphia television and radio personality Howard Eskin and local business leaders from Cape Bank, IBEW Local 351, Meet AC, Shore Medical Center and Shore Physicians Group were in attendance to support the worthwhile cause.


The goals of this new Foundation will be simple – to truly bring HOPE to people and families who are fighting serious and terminal illnesses both inside and outside our Masterpiece Family. By helping to ease their financial burden, we HOPE to make their lives a little easier and always brighten their spirits.
For many years, Masterpiece’s holiday parties at The Palm Restaurant have been the highlights of the Atlantic City social season. People anxiously check their mailboxes and email to make sure they’ve made the “Movers & Shakers” list and will be in attendance where everyone wants to see and be seen. That’s why, for only the second time in our history, we again this year decided to stage our party for the benefit of The HOPE Foundation, giving our friends and clients the opportunity to give HOPE to those in need.


Last year, our annual holiday party gave HOPE to our long-time friend and Vice President of Creative Services Bill McHugh. As much as Bill’s courage has lifted our spirits, this year has once again been devastating for those near and dear to us. We saw the Miller family endure the loss of their beautiful daughter Tara, who succumbed to melanoma. We also learned another member of our Masterpiece Family, Creative Director Mark Patten, had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This news came to Mark, his wife Katheryn and their son Van as their family supported Mark’s mother in her fight against chronic kidney disease.


“Giving” is a principle on which Masterpiece was founded more than two decades ago. Whether to those in need, people battling illness or the many worthwhile organizations that support our community, Masterpiece has been there to lend a helping hand in every way possible whenever the need arises. We will continue to be there and give HOPE through The HOPE Foundation.

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