‘Chocolate factory’ is theme for JFSA young leaders’ gala

(L-R) Alejandra Baltazar-Molina, Melissa Landau, Matt Landau, Selim Cam and Heidi Steiner at the masquerade-themed Hava Tequila event on Jan. 21, 2017.

Hava Tequila and the Chocolate Factory” is the theme for the 7th annual Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Young Leadership party on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

The golden ticket-themed event, for ages 21 and over, includes dessert, open bar, dancing, raffle prizes and a photo booth. Cocktail attire or theme costumes are encouraged, say organizers, and chocolate will flow freely.

“This is an appreciation event for young leadership in our community,” says Eric Mellan, event co-chair with Naomi Present. “A different, enjoyable annual theme helps us to get the organization’s name and purpose out there to the public.”

This year’s repeat location at the downtown Scottish Rite Cathedral, a site on the National Register of Historic Places, lends elegance to the fun, with open spaces and red carpet, says Mellan.

Last year’s event raised more than $7,000. This year funds will benefit the JFSA’s Young Leadership programming to support community engagement, outreach and social action, and the Ethiopian National Project.

Tickets are $36. RSVP at jfsa.org/havatequila or contact Matt Landau at 577-9393 or mlandau@jfsa.org.