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April 27, 2004 > INDULGENCE!

INDULGENCE!

An Evening of Chocolate, Art and Wine.

by Arathi Satish

Shelter Against Violent Environments (SAVE), has hosted a delicious and festive chocolate event for the last 23 years. Chocolate Mardi Gras, known to many as "the chocolate thing," is eagerly anticipated as a fun time for all that promotes awareness of SAVE's mission, celebrates families and raises funds for SAVE programs.

The event began as a Chocolate Tasting Fair called "Chocolate Sweet Sixteen," which included 50's music, rock and roll dancers and chocolate records. Over time, this evolved into the Chocolate Round-Up with a Western theme including country western music, line dancing, and a large silent auction. In 1999 it became the Chocolate Mardi Gras and included not only more activities but started attracting a larger attendance and a move to a larger ballroom! This year, the event has evolved into... Indulgence! An Evening of Chocolate, Art and Wine.

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 14, 2004 and get ready for a "chocolicious" evening at Heritage Bank East Bay in Fremont from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Although Heritage Bank will not be offering free samples of banknotes, there will be fine art, wine, entertainment, a silent auction and of course chocolates. Donations in the form of merchandise, services or a gift certificate will be used in the silent auction. Donations are not only acknowledged in the event program but also mentioned in the SAVE newsletter that will be mailed to more than 9,000 Bay Area supporters. Donations can be dropped off, mailed or picked up by the SAVE staff.

SAVE needs all the support that can be obtained from various kinds of sponsorships. The Chocolate Mardi Gras held last year raised more than $20,000 and went towards SAVE services such as SAVE Shelter, 24-hour hotline, Wings transitional housing program, free drop-in support groups, individual and children's counseling programs, housing employment assistance, and outreach and community education programs. Apart from donations and contributions, SAVE is looking for volunteers.

Pre-registration for Indulgence is required. Those who want to enjoy an evening of "Indulgence" should call the Community Office or submit an on-line registration form. Response has been gratifying according to organizers, Leslie McGarry and Sherri Plaza, SAVE development officers.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person and raffle tickets are $5 each. Attractive prizes are being given to the winners. The first prize is $300 cash, the second prize is $200 gift card to Mervyn's/Target and the third prize is $100 gift card to Circuit City. The silent auction will feature special items like Oakland A's skybox seats, a wine refrigerator with wines, and paintings from the featured artists. People attending will be able to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine and mouth-watering cakes, cookies, candies and other delectable treats provided by local restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers. SAVE Chocolate Cookbooks are also available for purchase.

Music will create a pleasant background for attendees to admire artwork by local artists Melania Magdaleno and Wade McClave whose work will be on display and available for purchase. Melania specializes in portraits and abstracts of great emotional content. Wade's work reflects visual interpretations of architectural space.

SAVE is also planning additional events during the coming months. A Mother's Day Salute program in May allows interested persons to honor their mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend and help women in need at the same time. SAVE is one of the beneficiaries of Tina M. Sankoff FUN-DATION Miniature Golf Event scheduled for June 19, celebrating Father's Day weekend. The tournament features celebrity miniature golf, video game play, a sports item raffle and much more. A Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast will be held on Oct 1 at Fremont Marriott Hotel.

For any further information on Indulgence tickets, future SAVE activities, donations or volunteer activities, call (510) 574-2260 or email: events@save-dv.org.

 
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