Those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions will be put to the test — or put on hold for a day — as the effort to build a community center in Cole Camp again banks on the allure of chocolate.
The second Chocolate Gala is set for 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall, 201 N. Maple in Cole Camp.
“Last year it went very well. That’s why we decided to do it again,” said Dianne Simon, vice chair of the Cole Camp Community Center Board of Directors. “This is going to be an annual fundraiser for the community center even after the building is up because we had so much fun with it.”
The event will include hors d’ouvres and offerings from three area wineries: Eichenberg Winery, in Cole Camp; Fahrmeier Family Winery, in Lexington; and LaBella Vineyards and Winery, in Wellington. Chocolate lovers will have an array of options choose from, including a chocolate fountain and a milk chocolate fondue pot with a selection of dipping items, such as pretzels, marshmallows, cookies and fruit. There also will be chocolate cheesecake, pies, torte, truffles, fudge, brownies and a variety of chocolate candy.
Radio personality Ken Dillon will serve as emcee, and Chris Kappelman and Ken Fuchs will provide entertainment. There will be door prizes including items from local merchants and a Waterloo tool box; silent auction items also will be available.
Proceeds go toward the capital campaign to build the Cole Camp Community Center, which is expected to be a 15,000-square-foot structure with a full kitchen, reception hall and meeting/classrooms. The building will become home for the community’s senior meal program.
“It will be for the whole community — everyone of every age,” Simon said, adding that the community center board is identifying major donors and will file for Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits later this year as it works toward establishing a construction start date.
But Sunday, the focus will be on the food.
“Chocolate truffles, chocolate pies, brownies ... this will be the place to be for chocolate and wine,” Simon said.
Tickets are $12 per person or two for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Simon at 287-7989. For more information about the community center, go to colecampcenter.org.