• Painting by Charlotte Griffin of BWS for 2020 Month of Chocolate

Click here to view 2021 Art of Chocolate ticket options, online auction & event details!

Art of Chocolate
Saturday, February 20, 2021 
6:00 PM on ZOOM

The Art of Chocolate is LIFEDesigns‘ signature fundraising event and online auction every year, and takes place during our community wide Month of Chocolate. This year, our event will be on Zoom and show a variety of videos and live entertainment that focuses on LIFEDesigns and the clients we serve.

In order to keep everyone safe, our virtual event gives the opportunity for the community to come together, to learn about LIFEDesigns, and to raise the necessary funds to support our programs.


2021 Month of Chocolate Full Event Schedule 

We Paint…Carnival 

February 5 – March 28, 2021
An exhibit by the Bloomington Watercolor Society
(Gallery Hours) Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
The Vault at Gallery Mortgage – 121 E. 6th St., Bloomington, IN
“We Paint…Carnival!” is the theme of the 6th Annual Month of Chocolate Exhibit presented by the Bloomington Watercolor Society.  Full of color and fun, it’s just what a carnival during Mardi Gras should be. Purchases of paintings supports both LIFEDesigns and the artist. Tune into the virtual gallery opening on Friday, February 5th.

 

All the paintings and unique, original greeting cards are available for purchase through LIFEDesigns, Inc. Click here to purchase! or text CARNIVAL to 812-308-3443 or email Chocolate@BloomingtonWatercolor.org

 

Click here to virtually view the Art Exhibit!


Cardinal Spirits – Dine & Donate 

February 5th – 7th, 2021
Cardinal Spirits – 922 S. Morton St., Bloomington, IN
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Craving something sweet? Cardinal Spirits has just the treat! When you order a Bramble on Rose Cheesecake from Cardinal Spirits in Bloomington between Feb. 5th-7th, they’ll donate 20% of sales from that desert to LIFEDesigns. Treat yourself and support LIFEDesigns while indulging in graham cracker crust, candied roses, bramble coulis, red rose petals, and chocolate pearls!
Cost – $8 per cheesecake

Virtual Chocolate Tasting Event

February 6, 12, 27th, 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom
February 6th – 4:00 pm, February 12th – 7:00 pm, and February 27th – 7:00 pm

As a part of Month of Chocolate 2021, we are putting on our very first Chocolate Tasting Event! Attendees will receive a chocolate tasting kit that will include 6 chocolates from around the world, including one chocolate from Bloomington Chocolate Company. This event will be held over zoom and lead by a host, Alex Coniaris, who will lead you through a formal chocolate tasting while sharing fun facts about each one of the chocolates. Click here to purchase your tickets and for more on the event.

Cost: $10 per chocolate tasting kit

Attendees will be notified when their chocolate tasting kits are ready for pickup from Bloomington Chocolate Company at 2506 E Third St Bloomington, IN 47401.


After Dark: Chocolate

February 13, 2021
Hosted by WonderLab Museum
6:00 PM
This year the event will be open to adults 18+ and will be held virtually. Join us on Saturday February 13 from 7-9 PM for some delicious science! Learn from scientists and chocolatiers about chocolate, candy making, and all things sweet. Stay warm with some cocoa as you enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and demonstrations. 
Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members, $10 Access Pass

The Sweet Life 

February 20, 2021
Osmon Chiropractic Center
10:00 AM – 2 PM

It’s that time of year again when we partner with Life Designs, Inc. for their Month of Chocolate fundraiser to help support those with disabilities in the community! Come join us for chair massages, spray tans, bra fittings, hand and nail treatments, spinal health screenings, and more! Your ticket donation price of $10 ($11 with the sign up fee) will be donated directly to Life Designs and you will get to enjoy all of these things free of charge AND receive a Swag Bag full of goodies at the door!

Due to Covid, we are doing things a little differently this year and have limited spots to each hour of the event, so you will want to sign up right away to get the time slot you would like to attend and to be sure to snag one of the massage, bra fitting, or spray tan slots, as those are limited! 
Cost: $10 donation to LIFEDesigns

Art of Chocolate 

February 20, 2021
LIFEDesigns, Inc.
6:00 PM
The Art of Chocolate is LIFEDesigns’ signature fundraising event and online auction every year, and takes place during our community wide Month of Chocolate. Our event will be held on ZOOM and show a variety of videos and live entertainment that focuses on LIFEDesigns and the clients we serve!

Cocoa Couture Fashion Show

February 26, 2021
Down Syndrome Family Connection (DSFC)
6:00 PM
Save the date for the 4th annual (but 1st virtual!) Cocoa Couture Fashion Show on Friday, February 26 at 6pm. This year’s show will be different since we can’t all be together, but guests can view the show from anywhere so everyone is invited to attend, including distant family and friends! This year’s show will include some special super-busy celebrities who are able to participate because it is a virtual event, so you won’t want to miss it! For the first time ever, DSFC will also host a silent auction in conjunction with the fashion show, featuring many items donated by our celebrities, as well as many other surprises! The auction website will open for browsing on February 10th; check the ticketing website for more information.

Month of Chocolate History

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Bloomington has been celebrating the Month of Chocolate since 1997! For over 20 years, local businesses have hosted chocolate themed events that celebrate a love of chocolate that goes back to ancient times! Each year, there are over 10 events with a different themes. Not only are these events fun and interesting, but they also offer an opportunity to raise funds to support various causes in the community.

Click here to take a walk down this lane of chocolate memories and see how this community wide event has evolved over the years!


Month of Chocolate Sponsorship Opportunities

The Month of Chocolate looks a little different this year. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we plan to move all main activities to virtual activities. This will allow our clients, staff, and community to participate in the events safely. We are currently accepting sponsorships at all levels.

Click here to view the 2021 MOC Sponsor Agreement & Benefits Form.

2021 Art of Chocolate Auction Donation Form

If you are interested in any of the sponsorships and wish to be part of our event, please email Stephanie Shelton at sshelton@lifedesignsinc.org. We hope you’ll consider this new adventure with us!

Sponsorship forms must by returned by January 2, 2021. Sponsorship payment requested by February 1, 2021.


Thank You 2021 Month of Chocolate Sponsors!

Chocolate Lover

Bloomington Watercolor Society
Gallery Mortgage Group at the Vault
Bloomington Chocolate Company

WTTS/WGCL/Rock 96.1FM Radio

Chocolate Fan

Indiana University Credit Union
Old National Bank
Bob Salzarulo & Terri Porter
Proud LIFEDesigns Ambassadors
First Insurance Group
JA Benefits

Chocolate Taster

Cintas
Cook Group
John Bethell Title Company

Chocolate Partner

First Capital Group, Inc.
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