It’s a Chocolate Thing

Presented by Gateway to Discovery

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Mary Kay Daniel, at left, and Carly Hewitt, with the Junior Women’s Club, sample their candied bacon chocolate chip cookies during Gateway to Discovery’s inaugural “It’s a Chocolate Thing” fundraiser in 2014. This year’s event will be held on Nov. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge.

An afternoon full of sweets will help a local cause during Gateway to Discovery’s fourth annual fundraiser, It’s a Chocolate Thing.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy scrumptious sweets, bid on the silent auction items, learn about addiction, meet women of Gateway and hear their stories.

“This is a dessert tasting event for the community to try out some of the delicious desserts that local bakers have provided,” Janelle Cravens, studio coordinator at Hope Sweet Hope Studios, said. “There will be a variety of sweets including caramel bars, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, a chocolate chili, and even a fondue pot.”

Bakers providing desserts at It’s A Chocolate Thing will be Scratch Cupcakery, Hy-Vee, Carrie’s Cakes from Webster City, numerous volunteers, and women from the house.

“Guests will be able to sample something from each vendor at the event, and before they leave they get to vote on who had the best dessert,” Cravens said.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Gateway to Discovery’s fourth annual “It’s a Chocolate Thing” fundraiser will feature lots of tasty chocolate treats.

During the silent auction, guests will be able to bid on items like restaurant gift cards, a variety of sporting items, an Iowa State University football signed by coach Matt Campbell, tickets to sporting events, tickets to Henry Doorly Zoo, Adirondack chairs, a $300 remote car starter from Troy Waller Auto Body, and many more items.

There will also be another way to donate to Gateway if guests do not want to participate in the silent auction and want to contribute in some way.

“We will also have a giving tree for anyone who wants to donate a flat amount for anything specific in the house,” said Angela Fisher, program coordinator at Hope Sweet Hope Studios.

“It’s a Chocolate Thing is a nice, light, casual event where guests are able to enjoy sweets and have a good time while helping out a great cause,” Cravens said.

It’s a Chocolate Thing will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 400 S. 13th St.

Tickets are $8, and can be purchased from the Hope Sweet Hope Studios, 1900 Fifth Ave. S., by calling (515) 302- 8016, the residents of Gateway, from any of the board members of Gateway to Discovery, or at the door the day of the event.

“This is our main fundraising event that provides all the funding for the program,” Fisher said, “this includes funding for cleaning supplies, transportation fees, utilities, housing expenses, and small kitchen appliances.”

Each year thousands of Iowans are admitted into treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse.

Gateway to discovery is a faith based, nonprofit, residential support program designed to help women in their rise from the depths of chemical addiction, homelessness, human trafficking, and related struggles.

The residents commit to two years in a community of recovery, receiving housing, food, therapy, education, and job training, without cost to them. The residents learn social and other life skills crucial to maintaining sobriety and becoming independent contributing members of society.

“Gateway is a nonprofit recovery program for women where we focus on the recovery from the whole self,” Fisher said. ” In the program we like to focus on healing, learning life skills, and setting goals. This way we can help reconstruct their whole support system.”

It’s a Chocolate Thing

WHEN: Nov. 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: St. Paul Lutheran Church

Fellowship Hall, 400 S. 13th St.


purchased at the door, at Hope Sweet Hope Studios, 1900 Fifth Ave. S., by calling (515) 302-8016, by the residents of Gateway, or from any of the board members of Gateway to Discovery.