Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival raises $16,000 for charity

JENNI BRAND - DIGITAL FIRST MEDIAThis youngster can't get enough chocolate at the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival Sunday.

KENNETT SQUARE >> About 800 people attended the fifth annual Kennett Square Chocolate Lovers Festival on Sunday, and all of them got their chocolate fix.

The festival raised $16,000 for the United Way of Southern Chester County, about the same as last year.

“I think $$16,000 is great for a one-day event taht only lasts three hours,” said Carrie Freeman, CEO of United Way of Southern Chester County. “I think the rain may have kept people away.”

Local bakers submitted 152 entries for judging Sunday, with Kelly’s Dark Chocolate Decadence, Chocolate Mint Chip Grasshopper Cereal Bar cookies, Blissful Tahini Brownies, chocolate peanut butter KISS cupcakes and Peppermint Fatties.. First, second and third place ribbons for each competition level were awarded to professionals, amateurs and students when the volunteer judges completed the tastings.

There were 62 adult volunteers cutting chocolate and working the event, including 35 judges. And there were 54 students volunteers from Kennett High School, Unionville High School, Oxford High School and charter schools.

“We couldn’t do this without volunteers,” Freeman said. “The United Way depends on our community for donations and all of the student and adult volunteers and bakers. It’s a wonderful thing that our community can come together and support the United Way.”

All our proceeds from this event go towards the amount UWSCC will be distributing to local non-profit programs serving the many human needs in southern Chester County starting in the fall.

This year, United Way of Southern Chester County is making a community investment of $900,000 through funding 27 non-profit programs serving over 18,000 residents of southern Chester County. These programs move our neighbors from crisis to independence and touch one in seven southern Chester County residents. They act to intervene in a crisis, promote stability for our families, sustainability for our seniors and the chronically ill, and, ultimately, work to transition clients to independence through education.

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