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Chocolate Celebration

DATE: 05/05/2023
TIME: 11 am - 2 pm
LOCATION: Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene


Rain was in the forecast but it held off for Samaritan Caregivers 20th Chocolate Celebration, giving everyone the chance to enjoy brownies, truffles, cheesecake, cupcakes, ice cream and other scrumptious chocolate treats.    

Congrats to the five vendors from the first Celebration in 2003 who were back 20 years later:  Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo, Jefferson Manor, Kroger, Northwoods Village and Sam’s Club!    An event like this is only possible when caring people get involved!  Heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and to you, for buying tickets and savoring chocolate delights!  Because of you, we raised over $26,000 to give help and hope to seniors aging in place.   Enjoy looking at photos, participants and winners listed below.    Please join us in thanking and supporting the community-minded businesses and organizations who sponsored, donated, volunteered, and helped in so many ways.   

Thanks to you and everyone who attended, this was our BEST CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION EVER!

2022 Chocolate Celebration Winners

Critics Choice Baked
1st  Jefferson Manor - Chocolate Key Lime Cookies
2nd Bona Vista - Mexican Chocolate Sopapilla Cheesecake

Critics Choice Beverage

1st Happy Nutrition - Chocolate Protein Shake

Critics Choice Candy
1st Enlivant - Double Trouble Chocolate Truffle
2nd Popcorn Cafe - Chocolate Fudge

Critics Choice - Misc
1st Humble Home - Flowerpot Dirt Pudding
2nd Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo - Cocoa Rubbed Roast Beef Crostini

Best Table Display
1st Happy Nutrition
2nd First Farmers Bank & Trust/Moore's Pie Shop 

People's Choice
1st Farmers Bank & Trust/Moore's Pie Shop - S'Moore's Chocolate Pie (245 tickets)

New Vendor Award (Most tickets redeemed for a 1st time vendor)
Humble Home - Flowerpot Dirt Pudding (194 tickets)

Kokomo Career Arts Student Competition
Rebekah Cripe (Junior at Kokomo High School) & Jenna Schmitt (Sophomore at Kokomo High School)

2022 Chocolate Celebration Judges

Tyler Moore, Mayor, City of Kokomo  

Scott Calhoun, Fire Marshall, KFD         

Douglas Stout, Chief of Police, KPD          

Gary Cook, Major, Howard County Sheriff’s Department         

Jennifer Freeman, Projects for a Purpose, auction winner         

Jessica Rolph,VP, Dir of Marketing & Advertising, First Farmer’s Bank & Trust



Katy Stemle, State Festival Queen

Mark Canada, Interim Deputy Chancellor, Indiana University Kokomo

Darry Ebert, Vice Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College



 2022 Chocolate Celebration Vendor & Products

Aperion Care - Chocolate Caramelized Cupcake
Ascension at Home - "Popcorn Cafe" White Chocolate Covered Lemon Popcorn
Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo - Cocoa Rubbed Roast Beef Crostini or Red Velvet Creme Brulee
Bath Experts of Indy - Chocolate Candy
Bona Vista Programs - Mexican Chocolate Sopapilla Cheesecake
Casa Program of Howard County - Chocolate Popcorn
Century Villa Health Care - Chocolate Cheesecake
Cone Palace/Stout Funeral Home - Ice Cream Sundae (Choice of - Vanilla with Chocolate Syrup, Oreo Cookie or M&M)
Community Howard Regional Health - Turtle Brownies
English Rose Cafe & Tea Room LLC - Chocolate Brownies
First Farmers Bank & Trust/Moore's Pie Shop -  S'Moore's Chocolate Pie
Enlivant - Double Trouble Chocolate Truffle
Generations Across - Chocolate Candy
GFS (Gordon Food Service) - Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Bites
Girl Scouts Troop 560 - Adventurefuls Cookies
Glovers Ice Cream - Death By Chocolate or Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream
Happy Nutrition - Dirty Elvis or Brownie Batter Protein Shake
Healing Hands Natural Therapy Spa - Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hand Massage
Humble Home - Flowerpot Dirt Pudding
Jefferson Manor - Chocolate Key Lime Cookies & Raspberry Chocolate Truffle
John Cole State Farm Insurance Agency - "Papa John's" Chocolate Chip Cookie or Papa Johns Brownie
Kokomo Area Career Center - Brownie Cheesecake Cups
Kroger Maplecrest & Northwest Plaza - Variety of Cookies
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Inc - Chocolate Cookies
Love on a Leash - Owl Chocolate Cupcake
North Woods Village -  Death by Chocolate Cake
Paparazzi Bling by Daniel - "Indulgence Bakery" Chocolate Cookie with Buttercream Icing
Popcorn Cafe LLC - Chocolate Fudge
Primrose Retirement Community of Kokomo - Chocolate Lasagna
Renewal by Anderson - Chocolate Candy
Sam's Club - Assorted Wrapped Chocolates
SHIP/Samaritan Caregivers - "Miller's Variety Store" Whoopie Pie Cookie or Chocolate Crinkle Cookie & "Big Ben" Cupid's Kiss Coffee
Solidarity Federal Credit Union - "Dreams to Reality Bakery" Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
St. Patrick Catholic Church - Chocolate Sheet Cake
Trilogy Health Services ( Wellbrooke & Waterford) - Yellow Brick Scone (Fruit Filled Scone in White Chocolate)
Z92.5 -  Fireworks or Double Stuff Oreo's and Starlight Coke

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