Havinagala, the annual event held by VIA (Jewish Family & Career Services’ volunteer group for young professionals) to support the PAL Program, raised more than $56,000 for Atlanta’s only Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister program.

More than 630 people attended the event Saturday night, Jan. 21, at Ponce City Market, making it the largest as well as the most successful Havinagala since the fundraiser was launched more than 20 years ago.

The 2016 version raised $41,000.

Attendees enjoyed desserts, drinks, music, a photo booth and a silent auction.

The event chairs were David Friedman, Tamar and Josh Levy, and Allison Thurschwell. The host committee chairs were Emily and Peter Bernstein, Marni Bronstein, and Ilissa Paulen. Felicia and Ben Gordon and Lauren Lestin chaired the silent auction committee, and Amy Solomon led the decorations committee.

The VIA program provides young Jewish professionals with community service opportunities in the greater Atlanta area. For more information on VIA, visit www.jfcsatl.org/via. If you know someone who would be interested in being a big PAL or a child who could use a big PAL, contact Carly Sonenshine at csonenshine@jfcsatl.org.