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Chocolate Celebration

DATE: 05/03/2024
TIME: 11 am - 2 pm
LOCATION: Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene



It was a picture perfect day for Samaritan Caregivers 21st Chocolate Celebration, with so much scrumptious chocolate!  Thanks to caring people, over $28,000 was raised to give help and hope to seniors! 

Grateful for corporate sponsor, First Farmers Bank & Trust and additional sponsors:  All-Pro Plumbing, Community First Bank of Indiana, Cone Palace, Encompass Credit Union Kokomo, Financial Builders, Haynes International, Indiana Heartland FCU, King’s Cleaning Solutions, ProMedica, Shepherd Insurance, Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory, Solidarity Community FCU, Aperion Care Kokomo, Beckley Office Equipment & Supply, Bucheri, McCarty & Metz, Business System Solutions, City of Firsts Community FCU, Eriks Chevrolet, The Hardie Group. Kokomo Grain, Kokomo New Card Dealers, Monroe Custom Homes, Simpson Honey Farm & The Wyman Croup.      

These community-minded businesses made sure there was plenty of chocolate: Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo, Amos Exteriors, Bath Experts, Bona Vista, Brady Insurance/St. Joan of Arc & Patrick School, Community First Bank, Community Howard Regional Health, Etta’s Gooey Goodies, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Gordon Food Service, Glovers Ice Cream, Hacienda, Happy Nutrition, Healing Hands, Humble Home, Indiana Health Center, Jefferson Manor, Kokomo Career Center, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Left Lucy Hair & Makeup/B. Lynn Hair, McKinney Place Assisted Living/Kokomo Place, Mama Karen’s, My True Advantage, NorthWoods Village, Paparazzi-Bling by Daniel, Popcorn Café, Primrose Retirement Community, Rebel’s Razzle Dazzle, Renewal by Anderson, Rozzi’s Catering, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Sam’s Club, So Good Candies, Solidarity FCU, Stout Funeral Homes, Trilogy Health Services (Wellbrooke & Waterford), Unique Home Solutions, Wessons’ Canine Bakery, Windmill Grill, & Z92.5.

Much appreciated community partnerships:  One Church (Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene), Grace United Methodist Church Women, Horoho Printing, American Tool & Party Rental, Kokomo Men of Note,  Indiana University Kokomo, Kokomo Tribune, Shine 99, WWKI, Z92.5, The Kokomo Post and The Kokomo Lantern.  

The event was a success thanks to so many volunteers, including Critics’ Choice judges:  Mayor Tyler Moore, City of Kokomo;  Jessica Gunning, Adm. Asst. KFD; Scott Purtee, Captain, KPD;  Gary Cook, Major, Howard County Sheriff’s Dept; Mark Canada, Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo; Ethan Heicher, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College.   

See you next year, May 3, 2024!  

Courtney Cain, Chocolate Celebration Committee Chair
Jamey Henderson, Executive Director, Samaritan Caregivers
Center Township of Howard County Community Service Provider

2023 Chocolate Celebration Vendors

Ascension St. Vincent - Flank Steak with Chocolate Whiskey Butter Sauce Garnished with Raspberry
Amos Exteriors - Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bath Experts - Bagged Chocolate Candy
Bona Vista - Chocolate Arrowheads
Brady Insurance Group & St. Joan of Arc & Patrick School - Double Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Community First Bank - (3 booths) J Edwards - Chocolate Cupcakes, Lucky Lemon Bakery - Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Moores Pie Shop - Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Community Howard Regional Health - Chocolate Turtles
Etta's Gooey Goodies - Billionaire Bar (Buttery Shortbread cookie crust topped with caramel sauce, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Ganache)
First Farmers Bank - Mocha Espresso and a Donut provided by The Radish
GFS (Gordon Food Service) - Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Glovers Ice Cream -
Death by Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pints
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant - Churro Dipped in Chocolate
Happy Nutrition - Chocolate Protein Shakes
Healing Hands - Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hand Massage
Humble Home - Dirt Pudding
Indiana Health Centers - Oreo Cookie Pudding, Cheesecake Brownie
Jefferson Manor - Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake, Pineapple Upside-down Fudge
Kokomo Career Center - Triple Layer Rick Krispie Brownie (Fudge Brownie Base,Cheesecake Layer, Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Top)
Kokomo - Howard County Public Library - Chocolate Cookies from Bona Vista
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Inc - Cookies, Cakes
Lefty Lucy Hair and Makeup and B. Lynn Hair Co. - Cake Pops by Lucky Lemon Bakery
McKinney Place Assisted Living & Kokomo Place - Oreo Truffle or a Gluten Free Oreo Truffle
Mama Karen's - Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Chocolate Bacon
My TrueAdvantage - Three Popcorn Flavors: chocolate creamsicle, chocolate strawberry & chocolate caramel (Not affiliated with SHIP or Samaritan Caregivers)
North Woods Village - Death By Chocolate Cake
Paparazzi - Bling by Daniel- Chocorocks, Sugar-Free Chocolate Covered Peanuts, Chocolate Mint Malt Balls & more from Plevna Country Market
Popcorn Cafe - Chocolate Popcorn
Primrose - Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch
Rebel's Razzle Dazzle - Large Chocolate Chip Cookie from Indulgence Bakery & Selling Gift Items
Renewal by Anderson - Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Rozzi's Catering - Chocolate BBQ & Chocolate Eclair Croissants
Sam's Club - Chocolate Lava Cupcake & Chocolate Oreo Cupcake
St. Patrick Catholic Church - Texas Sheet Cake
SHIP/Samaritan Caregivers - Chocolate Cupcakes by Sincerely, Buttercream, Bagged Chocolate Candy from Kroger
So Good Candies - Oreo Bark, Caramel Pecan Bark & Rocky Road Bark
Solidarity Federal Credit Union - Chocolate Bundt Cake from “The Love Bug Food Truck & Café
Stout Funeral Home - Frozen Custard Sundae Cups from Cone Palace
Trilogy Health Services (Wellbrooke & Waterford) - Chocolate Fountain & 3 Types of Fudge
Unique Home Solutions - Emoji Chocolate Candies
Wesson's Canine Bakery - Lucky Lemon Bakery Double Chocolate Chip Bars
Windmill Grill - Chocolate Dipped Bacon, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, S'mores to go & Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Z92.5 - Chocolate Chip Cookies & Brownies from Main Occasions Catering

2023 Chocolate Celebration Competition Judges

Tyler Moore, Mayor, City of Kokomo          

Mark Canada, Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo

Ethan Heicher, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College                           

Scott Purtee, Captain, KPD

Gary Cook, Major, Howard County Sheriff's Department

Jessica Gunning, KFD, Adm. Assistant

 2023 Chocolate Celebration Winners

Critics Choice Baked
1st  Etta's Gooey Goodies - Billionaire Bar

Critics Choice Beverage

1st Happy Nutrition - Turtle Cheesecake Protein Shake

Critics Choice Candy
1st Jefferson Manor - Pineapple Upside-down Fudge Cake

Critics Choice - Misc
1st Stout Funeral Home - Frozen Custard Sundae Cups from Cone Palace

Best Table Display
1st Ascension St. Vincent

People's Choice
Community First Bank

New Vendor Award (Most tickets redeemed for a 1st time vendor)
Rozzi's Catering

Kokomo Career Arts Student Competition
Aaliyah Dyer & Aliyah Barbary