Get ready to transport yourself to the vibrant city of Havana for a night of unforgettable fun! ILEA-NCC is proud to present its Havana Nights themed fundraising gala, where you'll be immersed in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba. Sway to the rhythm of live music and dance performances, indulge in delicious Cuban cuisine and sip on refreshing cocktails. Take the opportunity to network with other professionals! Don't miss out on this exciting event that promises to be the highlight of the year!

While tickets will be sold at the door, for a smoother and faster check-in experience, we recommend pre-purchasing.
SVN West
10 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103
Date & Time
August 1, 2023, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM
Welcome! ¬°Bienvenidos!
- Registration
- Enjoy food and beverages from a variety of vendors, a ton of entertainment and activities, great music and a great vibe brought together by the best vendors in the biz.
- Explore SVN West!
7:30 PM
Remarks on the Main Stage
Welcome remarks and thank you's from ILEA-NCC on the main stage in the Ballroom.
9:00 PM
Event Ends - Goodbye! ¬°Adios!
We hope you enjoyed the experience! 
Event Sponsors
Audio Visual
JL Imagination
Got Light
Owl Vision LLC
Global Data Link

Verducci Event Productions
Last Wave Productions

Beverage and Catering
Hedge Coffee LLC
San Francisco Cocktail Club
California Rose
Carrie Dove
Hugh Groman
Samara Southern Creations
Smashing Dishes
My Radish
Barika Bakes
Robert Dorsey Catering & Events

Decor and Swag
Astro Botanicals
Dizzy Bird Floral
Luisas Creations & More
Nurture State
Inspirations by Gina
The Plant Library
Project Wreckless
Blossom Ink Studio
Wedding Star

Catalyst Arts Entertainment
Earth Circus Productions
Oye Productions
Vybe Society Entertainment

Waste Management
A2Z Janitorial
Photo Booth
Featherstone Studios
Pop Life Photo Booth
The Vanity Portrait Studio

Duy Ho Photography
Images by Misti Lane
Jim Vetter Photography

AFR Furniture Rental
Bright Rentals
Abbey/Fulcrum Group
Stuart Event Rentals
BBJ Linens

H-CAS Security

City Graphics Solutions

SVN West

Other Products and Prizes
Block PartySF
California Academy of Sciences
Club Fugazi
Fang Restaurant SF
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
Goldenvoice & AEG
Landmark Vineyards
Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina
Steps to Love

 Project Management and Operations
BB Events

This event has been possible with the dedication and hard work of our Gala Planning Committee. Members are volunteers who donate their time, skills and connections to see our community thrive. Thank you all for bringing this experience together!

Lahoma Fritt, Events by Lahoma *VP of Education and Programs
Charmaine Pajar, California Academy of Sciences *Director at Large
Becca Bloom, BB Events *President Elect
La Rhonda Chargois Creatively Chargois *Director at Large
Chanda Dawson, ILEA-NCC Operations Coordinator
Chris Evans, Chris Evans Events + Catering
Anneliese Glaubitz
Hugh Groman, Hugh Groman Group *President
Rebecca Lanham, Wine Meats Cheese *Director at Large
Samantha Marie, OmniEra Life and NPU *VP of Membership
Kathy Newby, AFR
Patty Pedreschi, JL Imagination
Catherine Ruth, Vybe Society
Andrew Verducci, Verducci Events Production

*2023-2024 Board of Director
Q: How do I get there?
A: We encourage ride share and public transportation. SVN West is conveniently located on the corner of Van Ness and Market street. By BART, exit the 9th & Market st. exit at Civic Center. By MUNI, exit the Van Ness station on the light rail.

If you plan on driving there are garages located nearby:
1455 Market Street Garage
110 Franklin Street Parking Lot
Civic Center Garage

Parking on site is not available.

Q: What does my ticket include?
A: Your ticket includes admission into our gala, with bites, beverages, entertainment, and activities from local event professionals. You'll have the opportunity to meet and enjoy an evening with the Bay Area's best!

Q: Is this a fundraiser?
A: Yes! By attending this gala, your support helps us fund the networking, educational, and professional development opportunities for this upcoming year. We'll also be selling Opportunity Drawing tickets onsite for a chance to win multiple prizes!

Q: Do I have to be a member to attend?
A: No! We welcome you to bring friends and colleagues who may not be familiar with ILEA. For more details about membership, click here.

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: YES! ($125 Members, $175 Non-Members, $50 Student). While tickets will be sold at the door, for a smoother and faster check-in experience, we recommend pre-purchasing.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Cocktail fun. Dress in your festive party attire! Coat check will be available. The event will have both indoor and outdoor activations so dress in layers if you want to experience it all.

Q: Are there accessibility accommodations?
A: Yes. Should you require any assistance or need ramp access, please let us know and the venue can provide transport to the 2nd level.

Q: What's the food situation like?
A: We have multiple food stations with a wide range of options for all dietary needs. Be sure to ask the attendants for ingredients if you have any concerns.

Who's Coming?
Need any accommodations, please contact us at [email protected]

Need help attending this program? We understand that our community's financial situations may differ during this time. We are here for you. If you need financial assistance to attend this event, please contact [email protected].

ILEA-NCC Code of Conduct - By registering for any ILEA-NCC event as an attendee, you agree to abide by the ILEA-NCC Code of Conduct. Click here to read the Code of Conduct.

ILEA-NCC Photo Policy - During the course of ILEA-NCC Events attendees may be photographed and/or videotaped by the ILEA-NCC organization and/or its vendors. These photos and videos may be used for the promotion of ILEA-NCC and/or its vendors. By registering for any ILEA-NCC events, attendees automatically give permission of use to ILEA-NCC and its vendors.
ILEA-NCC Reduced Student Rate: ILEA-NCC is pleased to offer a reduced student rate to current ILEA-NCC Student Members for only $50.00 for the gala. In order to take advantage of the reduced student rate, please contact ILEA-NCC Headquarters at [email protected].

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