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El Circulo Cubano 101
All you wanted to know compiled and edited by Lloyd Carrera Santos
Dulce DesengañoBenny Moré
CUBAN CLUB COURTSHIPS
This page is dedicated to all couples who have met and or dated at our Cuban Club of Tampa and later on were married.
Florentino Santos married Sara Paula
My grandparents met at the Círculo Cubano back in the early 1900’s. Florentino Santos married Sara Paula, daughter of Eladio Paula, our first president. The Paula family were all from San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Florentino and Sara were married in Ybor City on June 13, 1907. They raised their family at a casita at 907 15th Avenue (courtesy of Lloyd Carrera Santos)
Marta Rodriguez and Anthony Cardoso
My parents met at a dance at the Círculo Cubano in 1953. Marta Rodriguez (7/28/32 - 3/15/15) and Anthony Cardoso (9/13/25- 6/17/13). Married at OLPH 6/27/54. (Courtesy of their loving daughter, Michele Cardoso Rodriguez)
Cheyin Goglas & Stephanie Wright
Cheyin Gerry Goglas (1976-present) and Stephanie Lynn Wright (1970-present) met at the CC in 2002 and Cheyin proposed to Stephanie at a New Year’s Eve dance in 2006 and were married in the ballroom of the CC, July 7, 2007. Both are members of the Círculo Cubano and the Krewe of Mambi. Stephanie shares the pink and blue sky behind them was a sign they would have a boy and a girl. And they did… Emma Kay and William Henry.
Emilio Cadiz Diaz & Gertrudis Lavin
Emilio Cadiz Diaz (1915-1989) and Gertrudis Lavin (1912-1989) met at the CC New Year’s Eve dance, Dec 31, 1937, married March 16, 1939 by former President of the CC, Eduardo Valdez Generique.
Raul Lavin & Dora Frances Dorado
Ybor City natives Raul Lavin (1917- present) and Dora Frances Dorado (1917-2005) met at a Cascaden Park baseball game. Raul brought Dora to many CC dances and events. Dora later became President of the CC Women’s Auxiliary. They were married on August 5, 1938.
Luis Carlos Carrera Sr & Dora Santos
Ybor City natives Luis Carlos Carrera, Sr.(1915-1989) and Dora Santos (1920-2007). Met at the CC at one of the dances. They were married on January 11, 1940 at the Ybor Presbyterian Mission by Dr. Walter B. Passiglia.
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