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Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at Home of Hope's Annual Chocolate Affair, February 6

What could be better than spending an evening indulging in decadent chocolate desserts? Doing so while raising funds for a worthwhile cause.

Chocoholics and dessert lovers can do both at the 12th annual Chocolate Affair, Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Hosted by the Home of Hope, Vinita’s sweetest event will feature a sumptuous array of chocolate delights prepared by a number of the finest restaurants, caterers and wineries in Vinita and the Grand Lake area.

From 6 to 8 p.m., vendors, including many returning favorites along with a few new ones, will be providing delicious samples to the more than 500 guests expected to attend this much-anticipated chocolate tasting event.

As well as being a dessert lover’s dream, the Chocolate Affair is a fundraiser for the Home of Hope. It will be held in the Craig County Community Center at 915 East Apperson Road, in Vinita.

In addition to the delicious chocolate desserts, the event will also include a silent auction.

“We are really looking forward to some special additions at this year’s Chocolate Affair,” said Misty Bingham, Home of Hope marketing and development officer. “We are again gathering some great prizes for guests to have the opportunity to win, along with silent auction items that would be wonderful Valentine’s gifts.”

Supervised activities for children, ages 3-10, are planned so parents can enjoy an early Valentine’s date. Coordinated by Vinita High School students, the children’s activities will include crafts and games. Parents can check-in their children to have fun while they leisurely enjoy the chocolate.

Tickets for the Chocolate Affair are $10 in advance and can be purchased at Home of Hope, Centsible Spending Vinita, Clanton’s Cafe, Lucille’s Flowers, the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce and the Vinita Daily Journal. Tickets will be $20 at the door ($10 for children 12 and under).

The Chocolate Affair is an annual fundraiser for Home of Hope, a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides residential and vocational programs to persons with developmental and other disabilities.

The fundraising event was started in 2008 to support the Home of Hope programs and operations.

“Contributions to the Chocolate Affair helps Home of Hope achieve our mission of promoting choices, independence and a meaningful way of life to the more than 250 individuals we serve,” said Home of Hope CEO Dr. Ralph Richardson. “As state and federal funding sources continue to be reduced, the cost of, and need for, our services continues to increase. This makes events such as the Chocolate Affair vital to our services. We are very appreciative of the vendors and guests who make this event possible.”

Established in 1968, Home of Hope Inc. has operations in Vinita, Jay, Miami, Claremore, Grove and Pryor. In addition to serving more than 250 adults with developmental and other disabilities, Home of Hope employs more than 600 staff members.

For more information, donations or sponsorship opportunities, contact Bingham at (918) 256-7825, ext. 168 or email her at MistyBingham@homeofhope.com.

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