Chocolate festival to raise money

Meigan Woods

On Saturday Nov. 15, PEO will be hosting its second Chocolate Festival.

The Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser for a variety of community issues. However, the main focus of this fundraiser to raise scholarship money for single and divorced women that are down on cash and wish to pursue or continue their college education.

“In the last six years of the scholarship, three southern women have received this grant,” said Dr. Doris Walters, Missouri Southern professor of English.

“We call it a Chocolate Festival because there is chocolate in everything,” said Charline Lewis, English and philosophy department secretary. “There is literally chocolate of every kind; chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate pies, chocolate cheesecake, and much more.

“Last year we raised about $1,700 in this event alone. We want it to be just as successful this year, or even better.”

“We are thinking about making this an annual event, but we’ll see how this year goes first,” Parker said.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. There will be activities for children, a chocolate pie contest judged by University President Bruce Speck, and Joplin Globe columnist Cheryl Finley.

There will also be a cakewalk and many opportunities to win edible goodies.

For more information persons may contact Lewis at Ext. 9377.