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

We want to give a HUGE “Thank You” to everyone who supported the Month of Chocolate this year, especially our sponsors, auction item donors, event hosts, event attendees, volunteers, and employees who dedicated their time to help with this special event. We would not be here without your continuous support and commitment to LIFEDesigns. We are thrilled to report that a net profit of $20,895 was raised for individuals with disabilities!

Despite the challenges and restrictions, we all faced this year, we are beyond thankful and thrilled our community and Month of Chocolate partners were able to adapt to this new virtual world and help us continue the tradition of this special celebration. The funds raised during the Month of Chocolate help us expand our programs and provide the necessary services our clients need to live as independently as they can. We hope to develop more events and raise increased funds for our clients to provide them with opportunities for growth and independence that Medicaid services simply don’t fund.

Thank you for supporting LIFEDesigns and the Month of Chocolate!


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!” was 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
Thank you Cardinal Spirits for donate 20% of sales from the Bramble on Rose Cheesecake desert to LIFEDesigns. Treat yourself and support LIFEDesigns while indulging in graham cracker crust, candied roses, bramble coulis, red rose petals, and chocolate pearls!

Virtual Chocolate Tasting Event

February 6, 12, 27th, 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom
As a part of the Month of Chocolate 2021, we put on our very first Chocolate Tasting Event! Attendees received a chocolate tasting kit that included 6 chocolates from around the world, including one chocolate from Bloomington Chocolate Company. This event was held over zoom and lead by a host, Alex Coniaris, who lead participants through a formal chocolate tasting while sharing fun facts about each one of the chocolates.

After Dark: Chocolate

February 13, 2021
Hosted by WonderLab Museum
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. 

The Sweet Life 

February 20, 2021
Osmon Chiropractic Center
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!

Art of Chocolate 

February 20, 2021
LIFEDesigns, Inc.
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 was held on ZOOM and showed 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)
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 also hosted a silent auction in conjunction with the fashion show, featuring many items donated by our celebrities, as well as many other surprises!

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 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!

 

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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