Schoenbrunn Healthcare at New Philadelphia received the “Judge’s Choice” award and Sweetie’s Place at Bolivar was voted the “People’s Choice” award for their chocolate-themed treats served up to chocolate fans during the Union Hospital Auxiliary’s 19th Annual “Chocolate Love A’fair’” fund-raiser.
Schoenbrunn’s “Chocolate Lasagna” was selected by a panel of area “celebrity judges” as its top tasty selection, while Sweetie’s earned the most votes from ticketholders for its “Sweetheart Oreo Truffle Cubes.”
Schoenbrunn Healthcare and Sweetie’s Place were two of more than 20 area chocolate and dessert experts from around the region that prepared and offered treat samples to the 400 ticketholders at the event. All proceeds from the Chocolate Love A’fair are used by the Union Hospital Auxiliary to buy patient care equipment and improve facilities at the hospital.
“I am forever grateful to and amazed by the outpouring of support from the participants and those purchasing tickets for the Chocolate Love A’fair every year,” said Lynn Ballantyne of Dover, who serves as co-chair of the event for the Auxiliary along with Angie Thomas of Bolivar. “It takes a lot of dedicated volunteers to prepare for and host this event, and the Auxiliary and Union Hospital are very grateful to everyone who participated and attended.”
Gift baskets, gift certificates, desserts and other items donated by dozens of local restaurants and businesses also were auctioned off during the event through services donated by Rick Keffer Auctions of New Philadelphia.
The chocolate-themed desserts offered for sampling were prepared by the following chefs, bakeries and chocolatiers:
The Union Hospital Auxiliary hosts several events throughout the year as fund-raisers to support the hospital, which is a not-for-profit organization. New members always are being recruited by the Auxiliary, and details are available on the Auxiliary page on Facebook and on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).