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

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

The Art of Chocolate is LIFEDesigns‘ signature fundraising event and silent 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
The Vault at Gallery Mortgage
(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.

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

After Dark: Chocolate

February 13, 2021
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
Enjoy the sweet things in life at Osmon Chiropractic Center! At this event, you’ll be able to sit back and relax with chair massages, essential oils, hand treatments, bra fittings, spray tans and more!

Art of Chocolate 

February 20, 2021
LIFEDesigns, Inc.
6:00 PM
The Art of Chocolate is LIFEDesigns’ signature fundraising event and silent 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
This year’s show will be different since we can’t all be together, but guests can view the show from anywhere, so distant family and friends are invited to attend! More details coming soon.

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.

2020 Recipe Book
You may order books online by clicking here and pick them up in the office, or pay at the office. Books are $15.00+ donation to LIFEDesigns each. If you will need yours mailed to you, there is an additional $5.00 fee for postage.
Cappuccino Brownies – Cynthia Moriarty
Chocolate Praline Tiramisu_Jessica Weather
Chocolate Praline Tiramisu – Jessica Weathers
Fondant au Chocolat – Mary Coniaris

Month of Chocolate History
Bloomington has been celebrating the Month of Chocolate since 1997, each year and each event unique. Local businesses host 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 does this festival taste amazing, but it also offers an opportunity to raise funds to support various causes in the community. Don’t forget to get your Chocolate Passport stamped at each event you attend! Bloomington Chocolate Company will award you with a FREE box of Truffles if you turn in your stamped passport at their store in the “Olive Leaf” by College Mall.

Formerly known as Week of Chocolate, this festival has changed quite a bit over the years. Starting as a single event in 1997 and eventually growing to a week long series of events in 2008 when other non-profits were invited to join LIFEDesigns and host their own chocolate themed fundraising events, and again expanding to multiple weeks in 2016 when for profit businesses were invited to host events benefiting a nonprofit. In 2018 restaurants started featuring chocolate desserts or cocktails as a stop on the passport. As we look to the future, we expect to see further growth as more excitement builds for this community wide festival!

Chocolate Passport

3 Stamps = 4 piece box of truffles
5 Stamps = 9 piece box of truffles

Thank You 2021 Month of Chocolate Sponsors!

Chocolate Lover

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

Chocolate Fan

Indiana University Credit Union
Old National Bank

Chocolate Taster

Cook Group
John Bethell Title Company

Chocolate Partner

First Capital Group, Inc.

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