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22nd Annual Chocolates Galore and More!

Many of you may not know much about the YMCA outside of being a member of one the local YMCA gyms, but the YMCA is one of the worlds biggest community outreach, non-profit organizations that exist. They work with thousands of local schools, hospitals, and youth agencies to help local communities across the world.

The YMCA hosts an event every year called "Chocolates Galore and More." It is happening again this year for the 22nd time on February 19 from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm at West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia. The event's proceeds support the YMCA’s Loudoun County’s Building Bridges annual giving campaign, which provides essential scholarships and much-needed funds to local Loudoun County families who turn to the YMCA for help. 

People who attend will indulge in luscious chocolates, exquisite desserts and mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, sample a specially selected tasting of Tarara Wines and coffee from Central Coffee Roasters.All food prepared for the event will be judged in a competition by three guest judges: Melissa J. Harris, Publisher of Flavor Magazine; Bryan Voltaggio, chef and owner of VOLT Restaurant in Frederick, Md; and Josh Short, Executive Pastry Chef, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, Va.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or contact the YMCA Loudoun County at 703-777-9622. Ticket prices are $60 for general admission and $70 for reserved seating (of which $50.00 is tax deductible).

While this event isn't necessarily a "DC" event, I'm hoping that you will be willing to make the trip and help out our Virginia neighbors. 


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