CHOCOLATE FOR HAITI: Letting the chocolate flow for charity

By: jackiereedy

Feb 19 2010

Category: Uncategorized


A free “Death By Chocolate” fundraiser to benefit Haiti will take place today in the Memorial Hall Ballroom from 5-8 p.m. and feature all-you-can-eat chocolate desserts in exchange for donations. (PHOTO/ Jackie Reedy,

CHOCOLATE FOR HAITI: Letting the chocolate flow for charity

February 18, 2010 by MELISSA COHEN

Filed under Featured, Food & Dining, Variety

Just because Valentines Day is over, does not mean the chocolate eating has to end as well. In fact, it has just begun.

Today, the Bulldawg Outreach to the Nursing Home and Elderly, or B.O.N.E, is hosting a “Death By Chocolate” fundraiser to profit the earthquake survivors in Haiti.

B.O.N.E emphasizes that by coming to this event, people will not only be helping Haitian victims but also themselves with the remedying powers of chocolate. According to event organizer Katie Moore, a senior Biology and Psychology major, chocolate is proven to have many healing properties.

“Dark chocolate is thought to be able to increase oxidation levels. It is also thought to decrease bad cholesterol and in turn reduce the risk of blood clots, lower blood pressure, and increase the amount of blood flow in the arteries,” she said.

“Chocolate has been thought to aid in digestion.  Chocolate in general contains flavonoids that are thought to lower the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, prostate cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.”

According to Sook Yoon, the president of Bulldog Outreach to Nursing Homes and Elderly, this is the first “Death by Chocolate” event and they hope for a large turnout of at least 300 people and to raise close to $2,000.

Although the event itself is free, donations are strongly recommended and t-shirts will be for sale. Attendees who choose to donate will be entered to win prizes.

The members of B.O.N.E. will be primarily preparing the international menu but Cecillia Villaveces and Big City Bread Café are donating cakes and cookies as well.

“We try and make as many donations as we are able to with community events,” said Elana Gregory, Cafe Manager of Big City Bread Cafe. “This is the first thing we’ve done for Haiti. Individuals who work here have donated personally, so we wanted to contribute as a larger group. If donations are to be made, I can think of no better way than with chocoalate and pastries.”

Where: Memorial Hall Ballroom

When: Friday, Feb. 19th 5-8PM

Cost: Free


3 comments on “CHOCOLATE FOR HAITI: Letting the chocolate flow for charity”

  1. I like this picture more and more every time I see it! Hilarious!!!

  2. Okay, so I accidentally wrote on your post from a client’s account… so if you could delete that… I’d appreciate it! 😛

    Anyway, LOVE this photo! 🙂

  3. That is positively disturbing!

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