The sixth annual Chocolate Fest in Port Charlotte raised $5,500 to support Children’s Cancer Center, a Florida-based nonprofit that serves children and families who are battling cancer and chronic blood disorders.
Co-sponsored by Advocate Radiation Oncology and Port Charlotte Town Center, Chocolate Fest was held Sept. 30 at the shopping center. Chocolate aficionados from the area were provided to-go boxes that are donated annually by Encompass Health Rehab Hospital to satisfy their cravings with chocolate confections, baked goods and desserts provided by local businesses and organizations, including restaurants, country clubs, bakeries and ice cream shops.
“Chocolate Fest was a fun way to satisfy your sweet tooth while supporting a great cause,” said Dr. David Rice, a board-certified radiation oncologist who treats patients at Advocate Radiation Oncology’s cancer treatment center in Port Charlotte. “There are so many children and teens in our community who are battling cancer, and the Children’s Cancer Center is providing families with support and resources during their time of need.”
Advocate Radiation Oncology also has supported the Children’s Cancer Center through Popping the Cork on Cancer, a celebratory fundraising event that featured a silent auction, sampling of fine wines and gourmet hors d’oeuvres, along with a ceremonial cork pull, all orchestrated by Ken and Betty Johnson of Port Charlotte.
Participating Chocolate Fest vendors in 2023 included Twin Isles Country Club, Nino’s Bakery & Café, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, St. Andrews South Golf Club, Cody’s Original Roadhouse, Maple Leaf Golf & Country Club, Longhorn Steakhouse, Zoe’s, Simply Sweet, Sweet Carolinas, Wyvern Hotel, Made With Love, Exquisite Expectations, Twisted Fork, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery/North Port, Handmade Confections, Florida Blue, McClain’s Homemade Ice Cream, Earth Origins, Panera Bread, Dunkin’, Publix, The Gilded Grape Winery, Kay’s Delectable Delights, ALMA artisan chocolates and sweets, Maggiore Bistro, Stefani Motkar/EXP Realty, Super Day Bakery-North Port; Table Lab Desserts and Elite DNA Behavioral Health. Paradise Party Events donated a balloon arch and Ingman Marine offered a monetary donation.