This past year has brought many exciting events for Planned Parenthood of Southeast Ohio. Most recently was the 21st annual Chocolate and Champagne Affaire held Feb. 21 at the newly renovated Eclipse Company General Store in The Plains.
Some 175 of PPSEO's dedicated supporters enjoyed an evening of decadent desserts, savory hors d'oeuvres, champagne, music and a spirited live auction, silent auction and "śchoice" raffle.
The longevity and continued success of the Chocolate and Champagne Affaire is possible due to the tremendous support from the community. All of the food items are donated by local businesses and individuals. Shamrock Auction Services donates their time to put on the Live Auction and manage the Silent Auction. All of the great dinners, vacations, art and services offered in the auctions and raffle are donated by individuals and businesses in our community.
Wil and Lili Chandler served as a fantastic father/daughter emcee duo for the live auction. Jim Wachtel provided upbeat music in the upstairs of Eclipse while the OU Jazz Musicians played downstairs.
Many people in this community donate their time and talent to make this event run smoothly and raise the most dollars possible. PPSEO extends a sincere thanks to the following people for their involvement with Chocolate and Champagne: Constantine Fuller, Athens Own Dawn Chorus Coffee; Lili Chandler, owner of Bella Vino; Erica Andrews, photographer; Josh Brown, sound technician; Louise Fish, Powerpoint presentation; Viviane Herbert, interior designer for Panich + Noel, Architects and Engineers; Genoa Rucker, PPSEO intern; Gerald Stotts, sound equipment; and the more than 20 community members who volunteered that night as servers, coat check, valet parking attendants, food preparation, raffle ticket sales and general help.
It is the dedication of these people, the PPSEO Leadership Council and the many consistent, committed donors that make it possible to thrive in these uncertain economic times. PPSEO raised the largest amount of money it ever has at Chocolate and Champagne this year! That could not have happened without a great community of support enabling us to do our work.
This past fall renowned sculptor David Hostetler and his culinary genius wife, Susan Hostetler, opened their Athens area home for two PPSEO fundraisers. The first, held Oct. 18, was a Club Dave event. Forty PPSEO supporters attended an evening that began with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Susan Hostetler herself and a tour of the house and gallery. Guest then moved to David's studio and "club" to listen to the sweet jazz music of the Hostetler Band and enjoy a delicious dessert buffet.
On Nov. 15, the Hostetlers again opened their home for an exclusive five-course dinner for an intimate group of PPSEO supporters. Susan prepared a dinner that included Japanese barbequed salmon, green chili cheesecake and venison from the Hostetler's property. Bella Vino provided wine paired with each course. Guests then toured David's gallery after which they enjoyed an elegant dessert buffet. It was certainly a treat for the 17 supporters in attendance who all left with full bellies and in good spirits.
Not only did all the money raised at these events go to PPSEO but the Hostetlers also generously agreed to donate 20 percent of any Hostetler art sold to those in attendance for the two evenings to PPSEO.