By Renee DuFore Russell
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they run a close race with chocolate.
On Sunday, January 25, chocolate and chocolate diamonds will pair up as the main attractions at Chocolate Fantasy. This showcase of all things chocolate is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Fond du Lac.
Held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 795 Fond du Lac Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event spotlights chocolate creations of many local and area confectioners, restaurants and gift venues. For a single admission price of $10 in advance or $12 at the door, guests are treated to sample-size portions of candies, ice cream, custard, fudge, coffees and cocoas, cakes, popcorn and many other confections.
Vendors and other donors also provide silent auction prizes or theme baskets, as well as “sweet somethings” for Valentine’s Day giving.
The featured prize in a drawing to be held that day is a chocolate diamond pendant from C.W. Smith Jewelers, North Fond du Lac. The 14K white gold necklace, valued at $1,000, holds a quarter-carat in icy white and warm brown chocolate diamonds. The winning ticket will be drawn at 2:45 p.m. The winner need not be present.
Sweet Treats cupcakes team stands ready to greet chocolate lovers at the 2014 Chocolate Fantasy event. This year’s event, the 19th annual Chocolate Fantasy, is set for January 25.[/caption]One ticket for the pendant prize is attached to each special assortment of Waupun’s End of the Trail Candy Shoppe chocolates, priced at $10, and available at C.W.Smith in North Fond du Lac, Fox Valley Savings Bank on East First St., Bank Mutual on Highway 23, Hometown Bank on North Peters Ave., Bank of Oakfield, Village Floral in Kekoskee and Jacobson Farmer Supply, Brownsville.All proceeds from Chocolate Fantasy are returned to the local community for projects that assist women and girls. Primary beneficiary this year is Girls on the Run, a national program in Fond du Lac schools working to inspire girls in grades three through eight to be joyful, healthy and confident using curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Event co-chairs are Susan Frankel and Sabina Carter.
Event sponsors include: B104.7, Fox Valley Savings Bank, Society Insurance, Agnesian HealthCare, American Bank, Holiday Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Huberty & Assoc., RRK CPA LLC, and Schenck S.C.
Advance tickets ($10) available after Jan. 1 at: Bank Mutual, Fox Valley Savings Bank, Wegner Office Supply, EP-Direct Printing and from Soroptimist members. Tickets at the door are $12.