Those looking to satisfy a chocolate craving before Valentine’s Day are invited to Olde Town Feb. 1, where nearly 20 chocolatiers will participate in this year’s A Chocolate Affair event. The …
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Those looking to satisfy a chocolate craving before Valentine’s Day are invited to Olde Town Feb. 1, where nearly 20 chocolatiers will participate in this year’s A Chocolate Affair event.
The local fundraiser runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will see chocolatiers set up shop around Olde Town. Residents can sample chocolates for a dollar a piece, either by purchasing sampling tickets at the event or by purchasing a pack of 20 tickets for $20 at ralstonhouse.org/a-chocolate-affair.
All proceeds will go to local nonprofit Ralston House. The agency provides a safe place for children who may be in the midst of an investigation process after experiencing an abusive or violent situation. Last year, the agency served more than 1,200 families, said special events associate Jennifer Kemps.
“It’s an alternative to a police station, and a safe and healing place for those who have been victims of abuse,” she said.
The agency’s mission resonates with Debi Lansford, manager at Enstrom Candies in Arvada, 6770 W. 52nd Ave. The store participates in the event every year while also collecting donations for Ralston House throughout the beginning of the year, she said.
“We always bring our toffee since that’s what we’re known for, and we’ll be bringing truffles and creams,” she said. “Having kids and grandchildren of my own, Ralston House is pretty near and dear to my heart. It’s needed, so it’s a very worthy thing to donate to.”
While sampling chocolates, residents and visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in the Great Arvada Bake-off. Anybody interested in participating can bring a paper plate of six cookies, brownies or cupcakes to The Rising Church gym, 7500 W. 57th Ave. Entries will be accepted from 11 a.m. to noon, with winners announced at 1:30 p.m.
The day’s events also include a craft in the library and a chocolate treasure hunt around Olde Town.
Additionally, Ralston House will be selling its Lamppost Hearts through Jan. 25. The hearts will be posted on lampposts in Olde Town for the first half of February, displaying messages written by the residents who purchased them.
Businesses that would like to sign up to host a chocolatier or be part of the treasure hunt can do so on the Ralston House website.
“Balefire Goods loves to host a chocolatier each year for the Chocolate Affair,” said Jamie Hollier, owner of Balefire Goods, an artisan jewelry gallery at 7513 Grandview Ave. “It is a great way to be involved in a community event that benefits an important cause. Plus, who can resist great chocolate?”
Lansford agreed, highlighting that the event is unique because of the strong enthusiasm of all participants, year after year.
“It just seems like everybody’s happy about being involved,” she said. “We look forward to the event every year. It’s just a good feeling.”
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