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Some of the seating arrangements at the dinner also were curious -- for instance putting strident Elian activist Rosa de la Cruz at the same table as Victor Curry, the influential black minister who was outspoken in his public criticism of strident Elian activists. Or placing Cuban American National Foundation chairman Jorge Mas Santos just a table away from attorney Hank Adorno, who was executive vice president of MasTec before he and Mas Santos had a major rupture and the lawsuits started flying.
Politically curious was the number of anti-Castro Spanish-language radio personalities, such as Marta Flores, Tomas Garcia Fuste, and Raquel Regalado, who attended despite Spain's cozy economic relationship with Cuba. Also present was Raul Alarcon, owner of the Spanish Broadcasting System, which forbids the playing of any Cuban national artists on its stations across the country.
But enough of the curiosities. Peruse the complete list as provided by Penelas's office. Consider it a test of your knowledge of the local civic landscape.
Head Table: His Majesty Juan Carlos I and Sofia, Fernando de Almanza Moreno-Bareda, Francia Valdes-Fauli, Raul Valdes-Fauli, Francisco Javier Ruperez Rubio, Rakela Ruperez Rubio, Margarita Pique Camps, Josep Pique Camps, Alex Penelas, Lilliam Penelas, Archbishop John Favalora, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Herman Echevarria, Nelson Echevarria, Isabel Fleitas, Joe Carollo.
Table 1:Barbara Carey-Schuler, James Lamar Carey-Schuler, Armando Muñoz, Daisy Muñoz, Richard Sasso, Carmen Sasso, Jack Williams, William Simmon, Virginia Sanchez, Rafael Spottorno, Carlos DeCespedez, Martha DeCespedez.
Table 2: Calixton Garcia Velez, Carmen Garcia Velez, Wenceslao Casares, Belle Holahan, Michael Contreras, Milagro Contreras, Donald V. Browne, Maria Junquera, Sonia Puopolo, Sr., Dominic J. Puopolo, Sonia Puopolo, Maria Ashemimry.
Table 11: Manolo Reboso, Nadia Pallais Reboso, Felipe Valls, Sr., Natividad Valls, Felipe Valls, Jr., Nicole Valls, Mari Rosy Toussaint, Robert Steinback, Asuncion Valdes Nicolau, Alfonso Sanz Portoles.
Table 12: Ray Velazquez, Maria Carmen Pedrosa, Tom Mestre, Regina Mestre, Gerardo B. Fernandez, Carlota A. Fernandez, Antonio Rodriguez, Azerida Mendez, Alberto Aza Arias, Alejandro Nuñez, Jesus Fuertes.
Table 21: Tomas Regalado, Raquel Regalado, Miriam Alonso, Leonel Alonso, Armando Olivera, Maurice Ferré, Mercedes Ferré, Yvonne Sebastian Daniels, Paul Evanson, Carol Evanson, Joe Martinez, Ana Martinez.
Table 22:Guillermo Jacovella, Olga Jacovella, Alberto Rodriguez, Francis Rodriguez, Mario Freixas, Michael Adler, Judy Adler, Pedro Izaguirre, Pedro Reboredo, Norma Reboredo, Dorin Rolle, Judith Rolle.
Table 23:Juan Antonio Garcia-Urgeles, Maria Dolores Lazaro-Blas, Ana Teresa Arizmendi, Ivette Augusti, Jon Secada, Maritere Secada, Manuel Bellod, Alvaro Moncada, Bruno Barreiro, Zoralda Barreiro, Joseph Farina, Joelle Haspil.