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Eve, Inc. fundraiser coated in chocolate

Chocolate treat donations will be accepted from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Glenwood Retirement Community. Doors open at 1 p.m. for the annual EVE, Inc. fundraiser. (File Photo)

MARIETTA — With cannolis, butter cookies, fountains of decadent chocolate and chocolate chip caramel s’mores on the menu, mouths may already be watering a week ahead of EVE’s annual chocolate party.

The event will once again invite families to join the residents of the Glenwood Retirement Community Feb. 9 for a fundraiser to support those who have suffered domestic or sexual violence.

“It’s a very different crowd that comes to this chocolate party than who might come for the annual auction,” said Janet Wells, executive director of the shelter. “Families bring their kids after church, really it’s a great deal for some amazing chocolate.”

And the proceeds, usually between $2,000 and $3,000, go to cover expenses of the shelter and services offered not usually covered by grants.

“It funds anything from simple office supplies to utilities or emergency funds for our clients,” said Wells.

Wells noted recent outpourings of support not only from the Parkersburg and Marietta community foundations but also the Marietta Welfare League and students of Marietta College who have aided with upgrades to bedrooms at the shelter.

“We had those same twin beds since 1994, so with all of the support from the community we’ve been able to replace those beds, the bedding and really step forward,” Wells explained. “Now this can further our mission. We have nine families living in our shelter right now, but many more clients receiving services without having to stay with us.”

The event is also a boon for the retirement community, said Lesa Casto, activities director for independent living.

“We love to invite people into our homes, many of our residents live their whole lives active in causes in their communities,” she explained. “When this happens, it’s like getting to put on a big party again in our home–participate in a great cause–but without the stress.”

Casto issued a charge to those who attend the fundraiser to not only get their fill of chocolate but contribute to the overall health and well-being of residents by interacting with the greater community.

“Take the time to meet one of our residents, learn about their lives, too,” she said. “Of course it’s some of the best chocolate you’ll ever get. I’m particularly fond of the dark chocolate truffles.”

EVE board member Sharon Coffman, of Belpre, said she’s most excited for the surprise chocolate treat from Glenwood’s chef, Tyson Whistler.

“They won’t tell me what Tyson’s making for us, but he’s so talented,” she laughed. “But he’s incredible…I’m going to make some chocolate-chip caramel s’mores. It’s like a muffin with a Rolo inside and drizzled with chocolate.”

The event has continued to draw support for more than 30 years and is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per adult, $5 for children under 12 or $25 for a family of three or more.

Janelle Patterson can be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

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If You Go…

* What: EVE’s Annual Chocolate Party at Glenwood

* When: Feb. 9, donations accepted from 10 to 11:30 a.m., party 1 to 4 p.m.

* Where: Glenwood Community, 200 Timberline Drive, Marietta

* Cost: $10 per adult, $5 for children under 12, or $25 for a family of three or more

* Who: All are welcome

Source: EVE, Inc.

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