Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 11, 2013

Hope’s Place Chocolate Extravaganza set

Organization still seeking vendors and donations

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Hope’s Place, the regional children’s advocacy center for child victims of sexual abuse, will be sponsoring the 15th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza on March 23rd at the Ashland Town Center Mall. Chocolate vendors will be selling tastes of chocolate from local bakeries, restaurants and organizations. In addition to the opportunity to sample several varieties of chocolate specialties, Easter baskets will be on sale. This event will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.  

Hope’s Place is seeking Chocolate vendors and basket donations from the community to assist with this event. If you or your organization is interested in participating in this event, please contact Hope’s Place.

“This event is lively and fun, but more importantly, it helps provide support for our work here,” said Brandi Bayes, Executive Director, “the money raised allows us to continue to provide quality services to children and their non-offending caregivers who have been affected by sexual abuse.”

Hope’s Place provides medical exams, forensic interviews, counseling and advocacy services to children who have been sexually abused. In 2012, Hope’s Place served 346 alleged child victims of abuse and provided services to over 650 non-offending caregivers and family members affected by the abuse. All of those services were offered at no cost to the victim or their family at Hope’s Place facility, located in downtown Ashland.

For more information about the Chocolate Extravaganza or to sign up to donate an Easter Basket or to be a Chocolate Vendor, please call Hope’s Place at (606) 325-4737 or email Brandi Bayes at Brandi@hopesplace.org.