Enjoy your chocolate from home this year at Family Lifeline’s Choco fundraiser virtually on Feb. 4! The 16th annual Choco airs on Facebook Premiere at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from local musicians and arts organizations, interviews, and more. The event benefits Family Lifeline’s intensive, in-home education, wellness, and support services that bring health and hope to Central Virginia’s most vulnerable children, parents, and seniors.
More than 700 guests typically attend the in-person Choco event, which features an array of food and desserts from local chocolatiers and bakeries, and a room-filled with chocolate fondue fountains. To help bring the experience home for 2021, Choco organizers created “House Party Boxes” with ready-to-heat meals featuring treats and samples from local vendors. A variety of box sizes are available from $200-$2,500. The boxes can be safely picked up from noon-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Science Museum of Virginia‘s parking lot, which will be decorated to build excitement for the evening’s broadcast.
The event includes an online auction featuring a Kiawah Island, SC getaway, a once in a lifetime flight in a World War II-era Stearman Aircraft plane, a camping package, and more. Family Lifeline also has a “Surprise and Delight” raffle featuring a tower of 16 gifts worth an estimated $4,000. Raffle tickets are $50 or three for $125.
“While we can’t be together in-person, we still have an exciting and engaging Choco Sweet 16 planned for the Richmond community,” said Katina Williams, Family Lifeline’s President and CEO. “We’re thankful for all the volunteers, performers, and auction artists and vendors who donated their time and talent to make this year’s fundraiser a reality. Family Lifeline is committed to addressing disparities and advancing equity in our community by partnering with local families to promote positive change and family resiliency. Our Choco fundraiser helps us fund this critical work.”
The Feb. 4 event will include performances by some of Richmond’s favorite artists — vocalist Desirée Roots, aerialist Host of Sparrows Aerial Dance and Circus Arts, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Sparc, Richmond Triangle Players, and jazz musician James Gates. Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 co-host Jessica Noll will emcee the event.For tickets, head over to www.chocorva.com. For more information about Family Lifeline, visit www.familylifeline.org.