A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the 15th annual Chocolate Celebration, purchasing 5071 servings of chocolate!  Because of you, Samaritan Caregivers netted over $14,000 for needy seniors!

It would not have been possible without generous support from major sponsor, J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Gourmet Cakes & Unique Gifts! Thanks also, Haynes International, for additional sponsorship.

These community-minded businesses brought chocolate:    Angels of Mercy Home Care, Avon, Becah Boo’s Bakery, Bind Café, Bob Evans, Bona Vista, Century Villa, Choo Choo McGoo’s, Community Howard Regional Health,  Create-A-Cake, Dreams to Reality Cakes, Gingerbread House Bakery, GFS (Gordon Food Service), Healing Hands Spa, J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Jefferson Manor, KACC (Kokomo Confectioners’ Company - Kokomo Area Career Center), Liberty National, Love-on-a Leash, Nerium, Old World Fudge, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Popcorn Café, Primrose Retirement Community, Renewal by Andersen, Sam’s Club, St. Vincent Kokomo, The Sunspot Natural Market, Waterford Place/Wellbrooke of Kokomo, The Wellington of Kokomo.

Much appreciated community partnerships:  Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene, Grace United Methodist Church Women, Horoho Printing, American Tool & Party Rental, Huston Signs, Kokomo Men of Note, Kokomo Herald, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Shine 99, WGNR, WWKI, Z92.5, Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Kokomo Noon Kiwanis, Scared Rabbit Productions, Meijer, Kroger Maple Crest Plaza and J Dog Junk Removal & Hauling.

Congrats to the winners!  People’s Choice:  1st Dreams to Reality Cakes (669 tickets), 2nd J. Edwards (382 tickets), 3rd Choo Choo McGoo’s (335 tickets);  Best Display: 1st Waterford Place & Wellbrooke of Kokomo, 2nd Popcorn Cafe, 3rd Dreams to Reality Cakes;  Critic’s Choice:  Baked—1st Becah Boo’s Bakery (Andes Mint cupcakes), 2nd Create A Cake (Turtle cake), 3rd Love On a Leash (Chocolate cupcake w/white chocolate chip cookie dough icing);  Beverage—1st Bind Café (Mexican hot chocolate), 2nd Angels of Mercy (Red Velvet hot chocolate);  Candy—1st Gingerbread House (Box of truffles, chocolates & turtles), 2nd Community Howard Regional Health (Forest Crunch – candy bars w/chunks of chocolate & caramel, topped with sea salt), 3rd Liberty National (Puppy Love Chow);  Misc.—1st J Edwards(Cupid’s Three Pointer-Waffle Cone with white, dark & milk chocolate), 2nd St. Vincent Kokomo (Chocolate Shooters), 3rd Bona Vista Programs (Chocolate dipped pretzel rods w/caramel, nuts & sprinkles).

The event was a success thanks to more than 50 volunteers, including local personalities who served as judges.  

Check out photos at www.samaritancaregivers.org and we hope to see you next year on Friday, Feb. 2. 

Dean Despinoy & Sherry Otto, Chocolate Celebration Committee Co-Chairs

Jamey Henderson, Executive Director, Samaritan Caregivers, United Way of Howard County Agency & Center Township of Howard County Community Service Provider