Sandra Allen, Carrie Dyckman, Lindsay Bracken and Jennifer Staikos were chairs for this year’s Watershed Institute fundraiser, held Oct. 13, 2018.

About 270 festgoers celebrated the culture, music and food of Old Havana at The Watershed Institute’s 2018 FEST: A Passport to Cuba.

At the 43rd annual FEST, the Watershed’s major fundraising event, guests bid on silent auction items that included fine artwork, jewelry and chocolate. They also bid on dozens of vacation, dining, sports and other packages ranging from a Vermont weekend to breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York.

Proceeds from many generous individual and corporate sponsors, as well as private donations, support the Watershed’s mission to protect and restore clean water and healthy habitats in central New Jersey.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the energy, creativity and support of our FEST committee and hundreds of loyal supporters,” said Jim Waltman, executive director of the Watershed.

The evening featured a Cuban-themed dinner, cocktails, desserts and an array of specialty coffees. Many couples enjoyed dancing to music played by the Tren Latino Band inside the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center.

FEST committee chairs were Sandra Allen, Carrie Dyckman, Lindsay Bracken and Jennifer Staikos.