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Sweet fundraiser to benefit revitalization

February 23, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Three MainStreet Waynesboro Inc. officials paused for a moment in their conversation Thursday, trying to remember a black-tie event held in town in the past several years.

Carole L. Malin, Anna Root and Kelly McGahen looked at each other and then agreed the organization's fundraiser gala scheduled for March 31 will be the first one in some time.

The Chocolate Extravaganza from 7 to 9 p.m. will combine champagne, classical music and fresh flowers with chocolate delicacies including cake, mousse and truffles. The event will be held in the heart of Waynesboro's downtown - at Susquehanna Bank on Center Square.

Malin, the Main Street manager, promised "an enchanted evening to remember."

The Chocolate Extravaganza, which will benefit MainStreet Waynesboro Inc.'s downtown revitalization efforts, is a black-tie-welcome event, said Root, who co-chairs the organization's promotions committee with McGahen.

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John Leos from the Candy Kitchen approached MainStreet Waynesboro Inc. with the idea last fall, and more than a dozen area businesses have joined in, Root said.

Leos is supplying the bulk of the chocolate, and other restaurants also are providing desserts. Florists and other stores have been arranging for decorations.

"It'll be gorgeous," McGahen said.

"We got a lot of support from businesses we went to for donations," Root said.

Root and McGahen said they have never been turned down when reaching out to area businesses for support of MainStreet Waynesboro Inc. activities.

"One of the things that's fascinating about this event ... (is that) we've gotten a tremendous response from other business owners (and) restaurants. It's all come together," Malin said. "It's clear they're supportive of our efforts at MainStreet Waynesboro Inc."

Tickets cost $15 for the Chocolate Extravaganza and are available at the 1912 Hoover House, TranquiliTEA, Susquehanna Bank, Candy Kitchen, Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Sanders Furniture Refinishing & Upholstery and any committee member. Two hundred tickets are available.

Organizers obtained a special-occasions permit from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to serve champagne at the bank.

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