Chocolate on the Levee slated for Sunday

MARIETTA – Those who attend the 24th annual Chocolate on the Levee will be able to treat themselves to some delicious chocolate and contribute to a good cause.

The event is open to the public and will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Levee House, 127 Ohio St., Marietta.

The cost for admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with all of the proceeds going to EVE Inc., a local shelter and educational resource for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“The funds this event raise are very important to us,” said Annelle Edwards, co-executive director of EVE Inc.

The money that EVE raises from these type of fundraisers can help lead to extra grant money for the shelter.

“We apply for a number of grants and they require us to match the full amount we request,” she said. “Without these types of events it would be very difficult for us to match those grants.”

The success of the event can be attributed to the tremendous support shown by the community and sponsors every year, according to Edwards.

“We’ve had some wonderful support from the community and the donations of chocolate we receive are always delicious,” she said. “We also are so appreciative of the owners of The Levee House for allowing us to use their facility every year.”

Kim and David Hearing are the owners of The Levee House and have been involved with the event since they took over the establishment three years ago.

“We love being able to give EVE a venue for their fundraising event,” said Kim. “It’s always a packed house and always a really positive experience for everyone involved.”

The event is all-you-can-eat and provides guests with a number of different chocolate options, most of which are homemade.

“When the items come in we cut them into sample sizes so that people feel free to mix and match whatever they like,” said Molly Varner, board member for EVE. “We encourage people to fill their plates and anyone is free to go back for seconds if they like.”

All of the chocolate treats available at the event are donated to EVE by area residents or local businesses.

“We receive over 100 donations of items containing chocolate each year,” said Robin Bozian, member and treasurer of the board for EVE Inc. “In the past we have had chocolate options ranging from brownies, pies, buckeyes, turtles, moose and usually a couple items appropriate for diabetics.”

Coffee, lemonade and several fruit dishes are also provided at the event for people who don’t enjoy or are unable to eat chocolate.

The number of people who attend the event and the amount of money raised fluctuates each year, according to Bozian.

“We generally have around 150 to 200 people in an afternoon,” she said. “Anytime we can make over $2,000 we are happy, but this year we are hoping to make well over that.”

Chocolate on the Levee is one of two annual fundraisers that EVE is involved with.

“This along with our auction in August are our two primary fundraisers,” said Bozian. “We have other small joint fundraisers but these are the only two that we run ourselves.”

Anyone interested in donating a dish for the event can take it to The Levee House between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday.