A group of Lakewood area residents got together Monday night and auctioned off chocolate goodies to each other and in the end raised almost $5,000 for Holiday House at Clover Park Technical College.
The funds will help provide holiday toys and other needed items for children of students at Clover Park Technical College during this season.
The chocolate auction started several years ago as an outgrowth of the Lakewood Families in Business, a group of men and women who work together in their business or profession. Bart Dalton, local stockbroker with Edward Jones, said the fundraising event has grown from less than $1,000 the first year to the latest effort totaling $4,880.
In addition to items created by those attending or acquired by them from area gourmet bakeries, the culinary arts program at the college prepared a couple cakes. One former student who had been helped by the program several years ago donated a special chocolate-based pie, something she has done for the last couple years as her way of paying back for assistance she received earlier.
The auction event was Held at the Oakbrook home of Bill Harrison, retired US Army General and Lakewood’s first mayor.