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Margarita Society Knows How To Party

Kevin L Jackson  | Published on 11/17/1986

Margarita Society Knows How To Party

November 17, 1986|By Davin Light of the Sentinel Staff

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If other local charitable and cultural fund-raisers could attract even half the crowd the Margarita Society Ball draws, none of them would ever have to worry about paying their bills. Nearly 4,000 folks carrying 4,200 Christmas toys piled into the Peabody Hotel Saturday to make the fourth annual Margarita Ball the most successful ever.

The 28,000-square-foot ballroom -- donated along with tables full of hors d'oeuvres by the hotel -- was filled with baby boomers wearing shimmering cocktail dresses, suits and tuxedos. A mariachi band and a rock band provided the entertainment.

Ballgoers went through 392 gallons of margaritas and a similar amount of wine by 11 p.m.

Unlike most other benefits, the Margarita Ball doesn't charge. Instead, guests bring new toys that are distributed by the society's 25 directors to a variety of local children-oriented charitable organizations. Sometimes, partygoers go all out, donating bicycles, trampolines and other elaborate gifts that are generally donated to centers where many children use them.