6th Annual Cocktails in Havana Peter and Kristina Kalaydjian’s Party for a Purpose

By Raven West

Pete and Kristina Kalaydjian

Pete and Kristina Kalaydjian

“Give where we live” has been the motto of Peter and Kristina Kalaydjian for as long as they can remember.

Peter is a cigar aficionado and had attended many cigar fundraisers, so the couple came up with a way to combine these events into one big party.  They invited their friends and business associates to their home in the Santa Rosa Valley for the first annual “Cocktails in Havana” to raise funds for a local non-profit. 

Donors

Donors

“Homelessness and poverty in general hold a very special place in our hearts, so we felt Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County was a great fit for us,” said Peter. “Our intention was always for this to be a major event. We had 250 guests the first year. Kristina and I cooked the food and served it buffet style. This year ticket sales were more than double, so we had to move to a much larger outdoor venue.”

Which was why this year’s event was held at the Spanish Hills Country Club where more than 600 guests were served by over 20 food and liquor vendors who all donated their time, products and services. Entertainment was donated by DJ Apple juice “Mike Ortega” tropical Steel drums by Ric Ash, and other live music with the help of Thom Theys.

Cigars, cigars, cigars

Cigars, cigars, cigars

And, of course there were plenty of fine cigars to enjoy, donated by Village Wine and Spirits in Ventura and Joey’s Cigars in Encino.

This year’s ticket sales broke all previous records raising more than $70,000. All of which will be to benefit the organization.

While the Kalaydjians worked to organize, promote and bring the vendors and sponsors to the event, Habitat for Humanity volunteers ran the show, giving the couple the chance to relax and enjoy the party along with the other guests.

Eat, drink, smoke a cigar and be merry! All for a very worthy cause.

.

Raven West goes to Havana

Raven West goes to Havana

Photo Credits: Raven West

________________________________________

Raven West

Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. Visit her on Amazon: Raven West

Get Citizensjournal.us Headlines free  SUBSCRIPTION. Keep us publishing – DONATE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *