Death by Chocolate fundraiser to benefit Cherish

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Cherish will host its third annual Death by Chocolate event Nov. 21 at The Meeting House, 2000 East New Market St., offering sweet confections to raise money for the child advocacy group.

“We are the child advocacy center that helps coordinate and provide the professional interview and forensic investigations of child abuse,” Cherish Executive Director Wendy Gamble said. “We partner with all of the law enforcement agencies, Indiana Dept. of Child Services and the prosecutor’s office. We help in those initial investigations, the management of the cases and also provide trauma therapy for anyone who needs it.”

Cherish’s work can often be challenging to discuss, which is why the organization decided to conduct a non-traditional fundraiser.

“It’s not a topic that people want to like to talk about,” Gamble said. “So, we decided three years ago that we wanted to have a fundraiser that people had fun coming to because the purpose of a fundraiser is for us to be able to continue doing our work.”

The event starts at 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy chocolate and beverage samples from local restaurants and businesses, including Eddie Merlots, Krenolie’s Donuts, Texas Roadhouse, Cooper’s Hawk, Divvy, Woody’s Library, Sun King Brewery, Basket Pizzazz and Cretia Cakes.

“We’ll have raffle baskets, a wine pull, vendors, live music and a fun photo booth,” Gamble said. “It’s just a fun time for people to come out, mingle, have everything chocolate they can imagine and some wine tasting and bourbon tastings.”

The event is the largest fundraiser for Cherish.

“We do hold a breakfast every year, but that is more about acknowledging our community partners,” Gamble said. “This is more about having a fun night while raising money for our organization.”

General admission tickets are $45, VIP tickets are $100 and a four-pack of tickets is $150. For more, visit cherishcac.org/events.

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