Sample chocolate desserts, savor the flavors, and support Agape House of Oak Ridge at its third annual “An Evening of Everything Chocolate” on Saturday, April 29.
The event will feature tables filled with chocolate culinary temptations from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, a press release said. Guests will indulge in fudge, chocolate-covered potato chips and popcorn, truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit, brownies, and other special treats, including fresh baked-on-site chocolate chip cookies. Coffee, sipping chocolate, and water will also be served.
All proceeds will go to the direct support of Agape House, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing for the homeless, the press release said. Since opening in 2014, Agape House has helped 36 homeless families or individuals with short-term, temporary housing, and other support services as they work with agencies to gain self-sufficiency.
“Because of support from the community, 36 families have had their lives positively changed and are now on a path to self-sufficiency, with positive future stories to tell,” said Michael McCutcheon, director of Agape House of Oak Ridge.
Agape House is an all-volunteer agency, and a significant portion of its budget is raised through this fund-raising event.
Agape House opened its third house in February, and each house provides up to a 30-day stay for homeless guests. All guests are referred by an agency partner. Those partners include TORCH (Trinity Outreach Center of Hope), Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services, and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity Anderson County, and Ecumenical Storehouse are also supporting partners.
Tickets to the event are $30 per person. They can be purchased at the following locations: The Ferrell Shop, 235 Jackson Square; Willow Ridge Garden Center, 97 Oak Ridge Turnpike; Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike; The Other One Deli, Grove Center, 178 Randolph Road; and First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Tickets may also be purchased by mail, with a check sent to: Agape House of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 4932, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-4932. For more information about Agape House, see www.oakridgeagape.org and Oak Ridge Agape on Facebook.
This press release and photos were submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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