Evening of chocolate to raise funds

Published 2:00 am Saturday, January 12, 2013

A group known for holding the areas premier golfing event each year will be sprouting off in new directions this year with an event aimed as pleasing the sweet tooth of area residents.
The Jefferson Davis Community College Foundation organization will be hosting “Death by Chocolate” next month as an addition to their fundraising efforts to support scholarships and programs at JDCC.
Kelly Billingsley, Foundation president, said the event being planned is one the group hopes to see become an annual event.
“The Death by Chocolate fundraiser is the first of what we hope will become an annual event that both the community and beneficiaries of the Foundation will look forward to each year,” Billingsley said. “Attendees will enjoy a fun outing filled with delectable desserts and entertainment.

In addition to dessert samples offered by as many as 20 area vendors, those who attend the event will be entertained with a musical presentation.
Lee Yankee, a blues band, will be providing entertainment for the evening and will be present musical selections throughout the two-hour event, Billingsley said.
Dan Bain, present at JDCC, said the event is something he is looking forward to enjoying along with members of the community.
“Jefferson Davis Community College is looking forward to the evening, ” Bain said. “It promises to be great community entertainment and a lot of fun.”
Billingsley said the event is planned at the downtown location of The Hourglass on Feb. 7 with special admission for VIPs and a general admission for ticket holders.
“VIP entry for our sponsors will begin at 5 p.m.,” Billingsley said. “General admission will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.”
During the evening as many as 20 area restaurants, caterers, candy shops and bakeries will be providing bite-sized samples of desserts and confections for those who attend the event.
In addition to delectable sweets, the Foundation group has also coordinated a silent-auction event.
“We will also be sponsoring a silent auction during the event and have already added some wonderful items to the opportunities,” Billingsley said. “The auction will include items such as Yeti coolers, floral arrangements, condo rentals, jewelry, manicures and many other items. We look forward to a wonderful tasting and auction.”
In addition to members of the Foundation organizing and presenting the event, members of the JDCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will be joining the group to help with planning and serving guests at the event, Billingsley said.
“PTK members have joined us to help gather sponsorships and donations,” Billingsley said. “They will also be providing assistance the night of the event.”
All proceeds from this event will be going to continuing the college’s strategic plan, scholarships, institutional priorities, projects and resource requirements, Billingsley said.
“The services made available to our community through JDCC are beyond measure,” Billingsley said. “The support we receive from the community enables the Foundation to continue offering scholarships and educational opportunities to the students at JD.”
The JDCC Foundation is a separate entity from the college with the purpose of providing support for the college and its educational mission. The Foundation uses all donations for the educational and cultural projects of the College.
General admission tickets are available at JDCC in the Neal Building; Brewton Chamber of Commerce; BankTrust; Oaks Cafe; Mark’s; Thou Art; NDI Cracked Pot; Weavers and through Renee Hardy in the Atmore area by calling 251-294-3557
For more information  call Jennifer Pugh at (251) 809-1550 or email her at jennifer.pugh@jdcc.edu.