Best Friends Mentoring Program hosts 11th 'A Chocolate Affair'
With luscious originally crafted chocolates and savory wines, A Chocolate Affair returns for its 11th annual fundraiser event to help out at-risk youth in the area.
A Chocolate Affair will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, for the first time at Phat Fish Brewing, 1031 W Villard St., outdoors on the south patio. Hosted by the Best Friends Mentoring Program, a Dickinson-based organization that provides mentors in communities and schools to youth ages 6 to 16, the proceeds from the event go toward benefitting and mentoring at-risk youth in Dickinson, Stark County and southwest North Dakota, Bowman, Glen Ullin and Hebron, Best Friends Mentoring Program Executive Director Kris Fehr said.
The fundraiser event will feature six local chefs and their homemade chocolate creations, People’s Choice Chef Awards, sample of 20 quality wines, four specialty beers complimentary of Phat Fish and live jazz by Dakota Jazz and Keith Traquair.
Along with the quality silent auction of art, wines and other items, there will be a premium raffle which includes the grand prize of a diamond necklace worth $1,700, SW ND Golf Adventure package worth $550, a $300 Celebrate with Players package, Warm Up for Fall worth $300 and a $300 Let's Get Fluffy wine taste and dinner for six. The purchase of an admission ticket qualifies for an automatic entry into the raffle. Following the fundraiser raffle, an after party will take place at 10 p.m.
“This is one of our signature fundraising events and proceeds from the fundraiser are built into our budget, which is dedicated to mentoring at-risk school age youth in southwest North Dakota. With forced cancellation of our other events due to the pandemic, ‘A Chocolate Affair’ is more important than ever,” Fehr said.
Usually about 200 people attend this fundraiser each year, but with the current health situation, tickets are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions at the venue, Fehr noted, adding that she anticipates half the number of attendees compared to 2019. To comply with state and Center for Disease & Prevention Control protocols, social distancing will be encouraged and masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Fehr said that the entire venue area will be “professionally sanitized by Oxy-Thyme.”
Though the pandemic may have put a damper on events this year, Fehr encourages people to come out, enjoy a night of entertainment and support a great cause.
“A Chocolate Affair is a fun event that also supports a great cause,” she said. “People can enjoy great chocolate, wines and brews while listening to live jazz music and bidding on the silent auction.
“I always enjoy and appreciate the creativity of our chefs who work hard to present a delicious creation to our guests. I also enjoy seeing people enjoying themselves.”
To purchase tickets, visit www.bestfriendsnd.org/events. A limited number of tickets may be available for an additional $10 at the door. Tickets at the door are $60. The purchase of a raffle ticket is an entry into the premium raffle which includes the grand prize of a diamond necklace worth $1,700 plus four other premium prize packages worth $300 to $550. For more information, contact the Best Friends Mentoring Program at 701-483-8615.