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Too sweet

“It’s a Chocolate Thing” to raise money for Gateway to Discovery

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Addy Neavin, 16, of Fort Dodge, pulls an instant photo from her camera Saturday afternoon as she works with much of the cast of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to take photos during the annual Gateway to Discovery “It’s A Chocolate Thing” fundraiser held at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Gateway to Discovery will host their eighth annual “It’s a Chocolate Thing” event on Saturday, Nov. 6.

“It’s a Chocolate Thing” is a fundraising event where participants can pay $20 to enjoy a variety of sweet treats and hot chocolate, bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for prizes.

The funds from this even go to benefit those served by Gateway to Discovery. This organization has served women in the Fort Dodge area and surrounding communities for over eight years. Gateway to Discovery relies fully on donations and fundraising events such as this.

The purpose of Gateway to Discovery is to help women who are recovering from struggles such as addiction, homelessness, and other related matters. The organization helps women with personal necessities and food, goal setting, family reunification, job readiness, financial stability, and many other needs they may be facing.

This year they hope to raise $25,000. Just a few of the items on the silent auction include gift certificates to local businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores, and auto repair shops, a car care kit, a spa package, quilts and furniture.

Admission is $20 per person but children aged 12 and under are free. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Webster County Fairgrounds in the East Auditorium.

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