RICHMOND, VA (Feb. 1, 2012) – Is eating chocolate good for your health? That may be a debatable health question but the facts are much clearer around a related issue: you can do good while eating chocolate if you attend the upcoming CHOCOHOLIC! fundraising event in Richmond.
Children’s Health Involving Parents (CHIP) of Greater Richmond, a program of Family Lifeline, will host its seventh annual CHOCOHOLIC! at the Virginia War Memorial on Thursday, February 9 from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit CHIP of Greater Richmond’s services that focus on the wellbeing of children and the community.
Now in its seventh year, the event will bring together some of the area’s most renowned local chocolatiers, bakeries and specialty shops giving Richmonders the opportunity to sample dozens upon dozens of chocolates and desserts. The 2012 CHOCHOLIC! will be hosted at the Virginia War Memorial, a new venue for the event.
“It’s our seventh year hosting CHOCOHOLIC! and we’re just as excited as if it were the first year,” said Amy Strite, CHIP of Greater Richmond. “And this year we’re particularly excited to be hosting as a part of Family Lifeline.”
Local vendors include Gearhart’s Fine Chocolate, For the Love of Chocolate, and Mixing Bowl Bakery. Wine will be provided by Barboursville Vineyards, while Capital Ale House will offer a variety of beers. A silent auction will also feature items ranging from local restaurant gift certificates to week-long vacations.
The 2011 CHOCOHOLIC! is presented by Impact Makers, a management and technology consulting company based in Richmond that contributes its profits and pro bono consulting support to local healthcare related charities, including CHIP.
“CHIP’s programs are in line with Impact Makers’ mission of using our business model to support those organizations that are creating a healthier community,” said Rodney Willett, Impact Makers vice president of business strategy. “We’re thrilled to sponsor CHOCOHOLIC! and know that our contribution will directly benefit and help Richmond families living below the poverty line.”
Other generous event sponsors include Aetna, Dominion, Owens & Minor, The Monument Group, Merrill Lynch and The Hodges Partnership.
Tickets are available for $50 and include entry, food, entertainment and two drink tickets. To purchase tickets, please visit www.chocoholicrva.com or call (804) 249-5424. Parking for the event is free and available at the Virginia Housing Development Authority deck, located adjacent to the Virginia War Memorial.
About CHIP: The CHIP program of Family Lifeline provides in-home primary and secondary health services to pregnant women and families with young children. In 2011, CHIP provided nearly 4,000 home visits to a total of 338 families in the greater Richmond area. You can learn more about CHIP and Family Lifeline at www.familylifeline.org.
About Impact Makers: Impact Makers is a management and technology consulting company based in Richmond. The company provides project management, business process improvement, and healthcare/medical management strategy and implementation support to commercial and government clients. Impact Makers is a for profit company but has no shareholders and contributes its profits and pro bono consulting services to local, healthcare related charities. See www.impactmakers.org