21st annual Chocolate Love A’fair is Feb. 1

21st annual Chocolate Love A’fair is Feb. 1
Tiffini Simon

Mary Zifer Pizza at Dover participated in last year's Chocolate Love A'fair.


It’s all about the chocolate when it comes to the Union Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Chocolate Love A’fair.

The 21st annual edition of the event is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1-3 p.m. in Buckeye Career Center, 545 University Drive NE, New Philadelphia. Ticket prices have been reduced to $15 each, which again allows every ticketholder to enjoy samples of a variety of chocolate-themed treats.

Tickets for the Chocolate Love A’fair are on sale in the Corner Shop gift shop at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and at Buehler’s Fresh Foods stores in Dover and New Philadelphia. The Corner Shop is located inside the hospital’s main entrance and is open Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the treats served up by the area’s finest bakers, chefs and chocolate confectioners, every ticketholder will be entered into a drawing with many chocolate-themed prizes available.

All proceeds from the Chocolate Love A’fair support the Union Hospital Auxiliary and are used to buy patient care equipment and improve facilities at Union Hospital.

Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite chocolate dessert in the People’s Choice while local celebrity judges will be on hand to select the 2020 Judge’s Choice award recipient.

“I am very excited about this year’s event, the variety of samples we will have available again and the raffle prizes we have for our ticketholders,” auxiliary member and event chair Angie Thomas of Bolivar said. “The Chocolate Love A’fair is an outstanding event each year, and we know that ‘It’s All About the Chocolate.’”

Tickets generally sell quickly, and all ticketholders are guaranteed to receive a sample from each exhibitor at the event.

Chocolate lovers also may be interested in a new chocolate-themed event the auxiliary is hosting separately on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Venue, a restaurant at New Philadelphia. “An Affair to Remember” will feature a selection of specially prepared chocolate-infused dishes that will be paired with wines as selected by the culinary staff at Venue, according to Thomas.

“This is another way to enjoy chocolate in a relaxed atmosphere and support the auxiliary at the same time,” Thomas said. “We are really happy to be able to offer a new event like this through the support and cooperation of the Venue.”

Tickets for this event are limited due to seating constraints, cost $65 each and can be obtained by calling 330-260-4770 or emailing hollyh@unionhospital.org.

The Union Hospital Auxiliary hosts several events throughout the year as fundraisers for Union Hospital including the Chocolate Love A’fair. More details about the auxiliary are available on the UH website and at the Union Hospital Auxiliary page on Facebook.

Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org.

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