COVID can’t stop CABA
While COVID may have prevented the Cuban American Bar Association from holding its traditional Annual Gala, it couldn’t stop the members of CABA from staging a suitable workaround to replace what is one of the yearly highlights of the South Florida legal community.
This year, CABA members and their guests traded tuxedos and evening gowns for sunscreen and swimwear for a regatta-style gala on Biscayne Bay.
“Boating lends itself well to the social distancing protocols in place during the pandemic, so we invited our biggest supporters to join us for a day on the water,” said CABA President A. Dax Bello.
The CABA REGALA allowed for a collection of dozens of small gatherings on boats, paddleboards, and kayaks.
“Each boat consisted of a small group of individuals who were comfortable being around each other, like families or co-workers,” Bello said. “We offered different sponsorship levels, from BYOB(boat) options to levels where we provided sponsors with a yacht charter.”
Bello said CABA also erected a large stage on a nearby shore where bands entertained the partygoers with live music nearly all day. Each participating boat was also provided with a cooler within which were all the drinks and food needed for the event.
“It was an incredible opportunity to see everyone and party together, safely, at a distance,” said Bello, adding Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales and several members of the Board of Governors were in attendance.
Bello said the CABA REGALA raised as much money for the bar’s charitable efforts as its traditional gala, “which simply wasn’t a viable option this year.”
Bello hopes CABA’s efforts can inspire other voluntary bar associations to find creative ways to keep busy and raise money for good causes.
“Not to mention, few things are as Florida as boating is,” he said.