Emcees Named for SKARTS Gala Carrie Lazarus, anchor at NewsChannel 9, and Dr. Robert Kiltz, founder of CNY Fertility Center and CNY Healing Arts, will introduce Latin cultural icon Tito Puente Jr., when he performs with his 12-piece jazz band July 28 at the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS) gala at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Skaneateles. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Concertgoers will have a multisensory experience, listening to the big band music of internationally acclaimed Puente Jr.; watching performers from La Familia de la Salsa, one of the largest Latin dance organizations in Upstate New York; and joining in to interact on the dance floor and take free salsa lessons during breaks. Vivid hot pink, orange and yellow table settings will enhance the outdoor event, as will the gourmet menu prepared by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of the Sherwood Inn. “I’ve listened to Latin music through the decades; Tito Puente is the father of salsa,” says Brian Bromka, artistic director of La Familia de la Salsa and a graduate of Westhill High School. Bromka and his Latin dance group have performed at the New York State Fair, festivals, colleges and universities throughout Upstate New York. La Familia de la Salsa draws interest from people of all ages and nationalities and teaches some 200 people a week such dance steps as salsa, casino and Rueda de Casino, a Cuban-style salsa with a caller. Tickets for cocktails, dinner and dancing are $125. VIP tickets are $250. Proceeds from the gala support the SKARTS community grants program, and fund free concerts and cultural programs presented by SKARTS. For more information, call Fouad Dietz at (315) 685-6655 or go to www.skarts.org.