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Wilson's Sweet Treat

Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Jan 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

The 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center’s upcoming “A Chocolate Affair” fundraiser is set for Feb. 7 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Labry Hall on the campus of Cumberland University and is again sure to be the talk and taste of the town.

The fifth annual event helps to raise money and awareness for the Child Advocacy Center while also allowing patrons to indulge in chocolate, live entertainment and fashion.

As host, the CAC’s mission is to serve sexually or physically abused children in their communities, which include Wilson, Trousdale, Smith, Macon and Jackson counties. The center has long been recognized as one of the foremost supporters of these young victims and offers child sexual abuse prevention training programs free of charge and also helps victims face their abusers in court.

CAC Director Debra Daugherty said plans for every chocolatier’s favorite event are in full gear and patrons should be pleased with the plethora of options at the chocolate and auction tables.

For those who are unfamiliar with the event, Daugherty said setup is done similar to a wine tasting and this year will feature seven different chocolates from around the world on display at different tables for patrons to mosey and munch throughout the night. In addition, a decadent “Ribbons of Chocolate” fountain with white and regular chocolates on either side is a must for guests to dip a variety of edibles.

Other than the miles of chocolate on hand, entertainment for the night will be live music from the Randy McLellan Band, and the event will also feature a silent auction.

Daugherty said among items at the auction will be original pottery from Silver Ridge, household and home décor items, numerous gift certificates ranging for restaurants to yoga and fitness, jewelry, a box of exquisite chocolates from around the world, chocolate baskets from Nashville-based Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., a private wine tasting party from Market Basket Wine and Liquors, and several other items.

Shoppers can also indulge more than just their taste buds, Daugherty said, as mini boutiques will be set up upstairs and feature businesses such as Lulu’s Clothing, Thirty-One and Silpada Jewelry.

Tickets for the event are $25 each, and 100 percent of the profits are used for direct services for the CAC.

“It’s our fifth year, and we’re just looking to continue to increase our revenue and go over the top,” Daugherty said.

Additionally, each ticket holder will receive a complimentary commemorative 4-by-6 photo from a green screen photo booth that will be set up by Fadds Entertainment. Daugherty said the green screen is a fun, creative and different aspect and will allow patrons the ability to change the background of the photo to different settings and places in the world. Further props provided will also add a unique event memory.

Daugherty said sponsors for the event are still rolling in daily and include businesses like the Capitol Theatre, which has been a long-time sponsor since the event’s inception.

And the event, which usually draws crowds in the hundreds, is expected to reach even more this year.

“I’m hoping we can get 300 people or more. We’ve got plenty of room and plenty of chocolate,” Daugherty said. “Plus it’s set for the week before Valentine’s Day, so it’s a good thing to do for your Valentine.”

According to Daugherty, there is no specific dress code, and dress ranges from business casual to festive.

To buy tickets or for more information, call Daugherty at 615-449-7975 or visit chocolateaffair.net. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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