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Chocolate Celebration

DATE: 05/06/2022
TIME: 11 am - 2 pm
LOCATION: Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene


      Thanks to everyone who was part of our 19th annual Chocolate Celebration on May 7!  You made it a great success, raising over $23,000 for seniors!  

      Due to the pandemic, our event was rescheduled from our normal February date.  This proved to be great timing, as things were beginning to open and many people wanted something to enjoy with Mom before Mother’s Day.
     Although there was some concern that people might not come out, when a lengthy line began forming before the event and wrapped around the building, we knew we had a winner!  1000 tickets were redeemed in the first 45 minutes!  

     Heartfelt thanks to our longtime corporate naming sponsor, J Edwards Gourmet!  Additional sponsors:  First Farmer’s Bank & Trust, Haynes International, IN American Water,  Bucheri, McCarty & Metz, Kokomo Grain, Simpson Honey Farm, Beckley Office Equipment, Business System Solutions (BSS), Erik’s Chevrolet, Indiana Heartland Federal Credit Union, Mid America Beverage and Hardie Group Real Estate Company.  Your support is so important!

     Thanks also to the 32 vendors who had booths with scrumptious chocolate!  Check out the list of participants and winners below.  We could not do it without your chocolate goodies!  

      Fifty volunteers made significant contributions selling tickets and cookbooks, collecting samples for judges, making business deliveries, managing trash, setting up & tearing down, assisting vendors & judges, conducting surveys, taking pictures, counting money, and much, much more!   

     This year’s judges, listed below, had a difficult (not really) job of tasting chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate!  Thanks for a job well done!   Grateful for valuable assistance from Kokomo First Nazarene Church, American Party-Time, Grace United Methodist Church Women, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Card Payment Solutions, Shine 99, WWKI, Z92.5, Indiana University, Horoho Printing, Huston Signs, Kokomo Men of Note, Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, Howard County Sherriff’s Department and Howard County Health Department.  Blessed to have significant investment from Courtney Cain, Chocolate Celebration Chair, in addition to, the Samaritan Caregiver’s  Development/Marketing Committee & Board of Directors.  

     To everyone who attended or received a business delivery, especially Functional Devices (who places a sizeable order every year), thank you so much!  We are so glad you were part of our safe and enjoyable event.  Caring people like you, give help and hope to seniors!

2021 Chocolate Celebration Winners

Table Display
1st. Ascension At Home
2nd Primrose

Critics Choice Baked
1st Premier Hospice - Double Chocolate Mousse Cup
2nd Community Howard - Chocolate/Caramel Turtle Brownie

Critics Choice Candy
1st So Good Candies - Gold Brick
2nd Primrose - Chocolate Truffles

Critics Beverages
1st SHIP/Big Ben Coffee - Almond Joy Coffee

Critics Choice Misc
1st Carlson Confections - Fudge Brownie Trifle
2nd Gordon's Food Service (GFS) - Creamy Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip with Graham Cracker Sticks

Newcomer Award (Most tickets redeemed)
Tastefully Indiana

People's Choice
J. Edwards Gourmet Fine Chocolates & Gourmet Cakes - Chocolate Seduction Jumbo Cupcake


Tyler Moore, Mayor, City of Kokomo
Susan Sciame-Giesecke, Chancellor, Indiana University of Kokomo
Jean Heflin, Director of IT, Ivy Tech Community College
John Bilo, VP Finance, Community Howard Regional Health
Perri Acord, Stylist & Chocolate Celebration enthusiast extraordinaire, Posh
Doug Workinger, Assistant Director, Kokomo - Howard County Public Library (Auction Winner)


J. Edwards Fine Chocolate
First Farmer's Bank & Trust
Haynes International
Kokomo Grain
Beckley Office Equipment
Indiana American Water
Bucheri, McCarty & Metz
Simpson Honey Bee Farm
The Wyman Group

2021 Chocolate Celebration Vendors

Aperion Care Estates Peru & Aperion Care (Kokomo, Marion & Peru) - Candy land Cake Pops
Ascension at Home - Cone Palace Soft Serve Ice Cream ( Vanilla w/Chocolate Topping or Chocolate or Twist)
Bona Vista Programs (BV Bistro) -  Chocolate Energy Bites
Carlson Confections - Fudge Brownie Trifle
Cat Named Frog/Love on Leash - Brookies
Community Howard Regional Health - Chocolate/Caramel Turtle Brownie
Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub - Ghirardelli Brownie w/Selection of Sauces
Dreams to Reality Cakes -  Double Chocolate Mousse Cup
Emerald Haven - White Chocolate Covered Popcorn
Epicure - Chocolate Pudding (Dairy & Non-Dairy)
First Farmers Bank & Trust - Petite Patisserie: Flourless Chocolate Cake
GFS (Gordon Food Service) - Creamy Chocolate Cream Cheese Dip with Graham Cracker Sticks
Glover's Ice Cream - Glover's Ice Cream (Chocolate, Death By Chocolate, Chocolate Chip)
Healing Hands Natural Therapy Spa -  FarmHouse Fresh's Chocolate Sundae facial mask or Honey Heel Glaze to refresh and moisturize tired feet!
J. Edwards Gourmet Fine Chocolates & Gourmet Cakes - Chocolate Seduction Jumbo Cupcake
Jack's Donuts of Kokomo - Chocolate
Donut & Coffee
Kokomo's Z92.5 - One Box Girl Scouts Cookies & Girl Scout Dukin Donuts Coffee from Coca - Cola Company
Lucky Lemon Bakery - Chocolate Cake Truffles & Birthday Cake Truffles
Miller's Merry Manor - Chocolate Cereal Pretzel Treats (Chocolate Puffs, Marshmallow & Pretzels)
Paparazzi - Bling Guyz - Kroger NW Plaza - Kroger Chocolaty Delight
Popcorn Cafe -Zebra Drizzle Popcorn, Buttery Caramel Corn Drizzled with Dark & White Chocolate
Premier Hospice -
Double Chocolate Mousse Cup
Primrose Retirement -  Chocolate Truffles
Renewal By Andersen - Assorted Chocolate
Ross Medical Education Center - Papa Johns (Dixon Square) - Papa John's Double Chocolate Chip Brownie or Chocolate Chip Cookie
St Patrick Catholic Church - Texas Sheet Cake
SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs)/Samaritan Caregivers - Cup of Big Ben Almond Joy Coffee & Hostess Cupcakes (Chocolate & S'Mores)
Silver Birch of Kokomo - Chewy Chocolate Brownies w/Cream Cheese & Strawberries
So Good Candies -  Gold Brick (1/4 lb Chocolate Fudge or 1/4 lb Chocolate Pecan Fudge)
The Sunspot Natural Market - Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats (Vegan, Gluten Free & All Natural)
Tastefully Indiana - Black Forest Brownie or Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake
Trilogy Health Services (Wellbrooke/Waterford) - Candy Bar/Ultimate Mint Brownie

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