Chocolate Festival TO GO! Was a Huge Success!
By all measures, this year’s Chocolate Festival TO GO! was a huge success thanks to the efforts of so many members of the St. Mark’s community. We sold 200 boxes of chocolate desserts and over 1,200 raffle tickets and raised almost $6,300! This will be split between three food pantries (the Westford Food Pantry, Open Pantry of Lowell, and Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Devens) and the St. Mark’s building maintenance fund, so we can continue to offer low-cost meeting and activity space for local groups and organizations.
For more than 20 years, St. Mark’s Chocolate Festival allowed chocoholics to indulge their cravings—while also helping our neighbors in need—by purchasing tickets to an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of chocolate treats. A portion of the proceeds always benefited local food pantries. We wanted to continue the tradition but also recognized pandemic health restrictions made the original format unworkable.
With Chocolate Festival TO GO!, pre-made boxes chocked-full of the same type of homemade chocolate desserts were ordered online ahead of time and patrons picked up the box safely from volunteers stationed in the parking lot or just inside the foyer.
Local businesses also stepped up to donate prizes for the Chocolate Festival raffle, including an overnight stay at the Groton Inn, and “dinner and a movie” package for a romantic night out.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to an even bigger Chocolate Festival in 2023.