Cuban Club gets a fresh coat of paint thanks to local businesses

This past Friday and Saturday over two dozen volunteers endured the 90 degree plus temperatures as they helped put new coats of paint on the interior and exterior of the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City.

Their labor was provided via a grant from a number of local businesses.

Steve Yturriaga is President of the Cuban Club Foundation.  He said the historic structure is in dire need of repair and maintenance and those businesses stepped up with a grant to provide materials and the labor to help fix up the club.  "We used to get grants from the state of Florida which we've applied and got in the past," he said, mentioning the Italian Club in particular as an organization that has also been affected by the state cutbacks.  "So now it's really up to the membership and local companies to step up to the plate," he said.

The businesses providing time, money and equipment include Home Depot, Kohler, BP Screens, Henry Gonzales Plumbing and Max Care.  Home Depot provided the majority of the volunteers, Yturriaga said, with the other companies providing two to three other volunteers.

"We have quite a bit of events here, but this is a hundred year old building, and it's always in need of repairs, and the more events that we have, the more repairs we need,"the Cuban Club president said last Friday.  "It's a vicious cycle.   You want the events, but the more wear and tear there is on the bldg and on the equipment."

The Cuban Club opened in 1917.  For more information, you can go to the Cuban Club Foundation website.

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