Giving Back to the Community Couldn’t Feel Any Sweeter

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If you love chocolate you’re going to love this post. On October 17, 2016 I attended a bittersweet fundraiser in Scranton, PA. The event is called Chocoholic Folic and this October was its 12th anniversary. The fundraiser was made to raise money for the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania. This year 16 local vendors supported the event and offered tastings of all things chocolate!


My task in this event included me working for one of the local vendors, Edible Arrangements. Leading up to the event included hard work and long hours to be done to make sure everything turned out perfect. Saturday the preparations began to make this a beautiful event.


At approximately 6:30 A.M. Saturday morning my day began. The overall work that had to be done was two full fruit arrangements for display on our event table and over 1,000 samples of all sorts including, fruit kabobs, chocolate covered strawberries, bananas, pineapples, and apples. Each had to be placed in either cupcake holders or small gift bags. There had to be enough samples to feed over 400 people. With this being said my job was to sort the fruits into the small gift bags and package them to be ready to go for the next day.


The event started 5 P.M. Sunday October 17. We started our last minute preparations at around 8 A.M and transported the fruit to the venue at around 3 P.M. to start setting up. The venue was beautiful and located in Scranton’s Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. It had a castle and medieval feel with dim lighting and wine being served around the room. Our table was assigned to us and we were allowed to decorate our section however we pleased. Going with the fall theme we incorporated a scarecrow and a few pumpkins and colored leaves to emphasize the beauty of the arrangements. Towards the left of the table we added a raffle for breast cancer awareness month and whoever won received a candy apple. Our table included all the samples done earlier spread out on the table for people to enjoy along with a 20% coupon on their next purchase.

Barbour’s Bakery winner table

Each table was done beautifully around the room and the turn out was great with little over 400 people. I tasted many of the samples the vendors had to offer and each was delicious. Each year the fundraiser gives out $25,000 of advertising and marketing money to the most popular vendor. This year Barbour’s Bakery won with their wide variety of cupcakes, truffles, donuts, and cookies.


The event ended at 8 P.M. and by then I was completely stuffed by all the amazing treats I indulged. Most of our samples were gone which meant we were a pretty big hit. I spoke to so many people and really expressed the value of our product. It was an amazing experience for an amazing cause. So much money was raised and it was more of a good time then work. How could anyone complain about attending an event with an unlimited amount of chocolate?


If you are interested in attending next year’s fundraiser general admission is $30 and patron tickets are $60 and allow a one hour early entrance time. Both admission levels include a complimentary chocolate martini and you must be 21 or older to attend. For more information check out the United Neighborhood website (http://www.uncnepa.org/3544/uncs-12th-annual-chocoholic-frolic-planned-for-october-16/) or the Chocoholic Frolic Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/312635295757301/).

Left: Owner- Carrie Elsayed; Right: Manager- Tanya Hazelton

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