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August 30, 2012
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24th annual Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival has new home, theme

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA have announced the date for the 24th annual Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival: “One Night in Havana, Paradise Under the Stars” for Nov. 3. 2012. at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom, from 7-10 p.m.Guests will enjoy an outstanding evening brimming with sumptuous chocolate creations by 10 of Lake Tahoe's finest culinary artists, mouthwatering appetizers by Hyatt chefs and a boutique wine tasting featuring an array of hand selected wines designed to complement the confections being served.Bid on tantalizing items in a live and silent auction and cast your vote for your favorite chocolate and wine, all while enjoying live, Cuban-inspired music. There is even a chance to win a wheelbarrow of wine.Tickets go on sale Sept. 5 and are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.tahoechocolatefestival.org. A new feature offered this year are five VIP cabanas/tables (seating for eight) available for purchase for $1,000, which includes the entry fee for up to eight people. To purchase a VIP cabana, call 775-298-0010. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please call 775-298-0169.

Cuba today is the “forbidden isle,” but during 1920s prohibition it was the playground for the rich and famous. It became wildly popular again in the 1940s when tourists flocked to the new Tropicana nightclub in Havana amidst a lush tropical landscape under the stars.With this year's theme “One Night in Havana, Paradise Under the Stars,” the forbidden borders of Cuba will be open for one night only. Guests will be transported to this sizzling hot and romantic Caribbean isle that has inspired writers, poets and musicians for more than a century, while helping to raise money for two important non- profits that keep Tahoe SAFE and FED. Guests are encouraged to dress in attire inspired by this taboo tropical paradise. Are you a 1920s flapper looking for a decadent party on a lush tropical isle? Are you a 1940s thrill seeker looking for Paradise Under the Stars? Perhaps you are a dancer in the famous Tropicana nightclub? Or, are you a modern day adventurer heading to Cuba for your next escapade? Whatever character you choose, Havana is calling!

Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA are coming together for the fourth year in a row to host the signature fundraiser — one that has become a true collaboration success. This important fundraiser supports vital programs around the lake from Incline Village to Kings Beach to Tahoe City to Truckee, including the community's only 24-hour Helpline, the Mt. Rose Safe House, victim support services, violence prevention and education, food distribution, and nutrition education.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA respectfully request that community-minded businesses support the fundraiser by donating items for the auction or through a sponsorship. We rely on sponsorships to fund important programs that keep Tahoe SAFE and Fed. Sponsorships start at $250 and each level offers rewards and recognition for businesses.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 30, 2012 10:27PM Published Aug 30, 2012 10:25PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.