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September 15, 2006 - " CHOCOLATE FANTASY' benefits Kids In Distress

What: 1st Annual Chocolate Fantasy

Where: Fort Lauderdale Grand - formerly Marina Marriott

When: Friday, September 15, 2006

Time: 5:30 - 9:30 PM

Ticket Prices: VIP - $100 - General Admission: $75.00

Beneficiary: Kids in Distress

Host(s): Levinson Jewelers & the Fort Lauderdale Grand

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Schumacher, WPLG-TV, Local 10

Presenting Sponsor(s): Levinson Jewelers & Fort Lauderdale Grand (formerly known as the Marina Marriott)

Gala Chairperson(s): Karen Unger, CEO of American Document Management & Deborah Gilchrist, Sr. V. President Wachovia

Co-Chair(s): Karen Unger, CEO of American Document Management & Deborah Gilchrist

Committee Members: Phyllis Bard, Director of Special Events - Kids in Distress; Caren Berg, VP Boardroom Communications, (Media/PR); Lenny Chesal, Executive VP-Sales & Marketing; Jim Concannon, Director Business Development Global Tel IP; Annette Daley, Wachovia Bank, NA (Auction); Michele Dunn, Joan Hathaway; Requel Lopes, Special Events Manager, Kids in Distress; Ted Manser; Darla May; Kaytee Moran, Contract Consultant, Kids in Distress; Tami Muller, MBA, DECON Environmental & Engineering, Inc.; Patti Meyer, Big Max's Studio (Graphics/Invitations/Program)

President(s): Thomas J.Tomczyk, President & CEO

Co-President(s): Ellyn Okrent, LCSW, Executive Vice President & Mark Vanderbosch, V. President/CFO

Staff: Carrie Cohen, MSW, Vice President of Quality Assurance, Sheila Malone Jones, Director of Operations, JanAlbert, Director of Human Resources

Sponsors: "GANACHE" - Levinson Jewelers & Fort Lauderdale Grand (formerly known as Marina Marriott) 'TRUFFLE" - American Document Management & Boardroom Communications & Mike Sipe Entertainment "BON BON" - Big Max's Studio, Wachovia Bank &Consolident 'PRALINE" - Aero Toy Store, Aplin Peer & Associates, Ari Porth, Bank Atlantic, Boardroom Communications, David B. Schulman, C.L.U., D'Angelo Realty Group, Decon, Seven Keys Co., transworld Business Brokers "CHOCOLATIER/RESTAURANT CATERER - A Gourmet Affair, Cafe Maxx, Chocolate Bon Vivant, Cookies By Design, Coral Ridge Yacht Club, Croissant Time, Caller the Belgian Chocolatier, Gelato Fino, Gennaro's Fresh Market, Great Occasions, I Dream of Chocolates, Palm Beach Confections, Really Good Cookies, Shula's on the Beach, Storks/Wilton Manors, Taste Buds Catering, The Melting Pot, UltimateCuisine & We Take The Cake 'IN KIND" - Carries Bridal, On The Waterfront & Qzina "ADVERTISERS" - AXA Advisors, Island City Chiropractic, Maroone Ford of Margate, La Bone Adventure, Seventh Street Wine Company & Shuster Design Associates

Auctioneer: Mark Schumacher, WPLG-TV - Local 10

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Ft. Lauderdale Grand Hotel & Yacht Center

Board of Directors: Thomas J. Tomczyk, President/CEO; Edward Hirschberg, Chair; Lesley Mitchell Jones, Past-Chair Dale Baker, Vice-Chair; Lou Feagles, Treasurer; Gale Butler, Member at Large; Michael Levin, Chair-Elect J. Kenneth Tate, Secretary; Lee Sheffield, Member at Large; George Fussell Vice-Chair; Rob Cottet, Elliot Borkson, Scot Hunter Chief Otis Latin, Steve Palmer, State Senator Nan Rich, Barry Somerstein, Steven Sadaka, Nancy Tanner, Jorge Lopez Advisory Council -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide a means through which individuals with special skills or unique networks, who are seriously interested in the goals of Kids In Distress but who have limited time, can make important contributions to the organization’s advancement. Chairpersons Advisory Council: Gale Butler (Co-Chair) J. Kenneth Tate, (Co-Chair), Kenneth Bierman, Nick Cassas, Richard Coker, Art Driscoll, Jim Ellis, Bob Elmore, Debbie Gilchrist, Ron Glantz, Barbara Grevior, Jay M. Grossman, Jeff Hahn, Peter Harrison, Bob Haupt, Marti Huizenga, Mark Levinson, Bill Mencarelli, Audrey Millsaps, Craig Perry, Stephen C. Pomeroy, Steve Power, Jillian Krueger Printz, Roy Rogers, Maria R. Sachs, Representative Jack Seiler, Rick Shaw, Michael Sipe, Alan L. Tinter, Greg Wilson *As of June 30, 2005

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Managing Director, Blacktie-South Florida

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

The "Chocolate Chefs" provide a "Chocolate Fantasy" for Kids In Distress







Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate


  Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory has nothing over the first annual "Chocolate Fantasy" to benefit Kids in Distress held in Fort Lauderdale at the Lauderdale at the Fort Lauderdale Grand Hotel & Yacht Club. Chocolate delights served by local gourmet restaurants, caterers and culinary schools and hor d'oeuvres served by Ft. Lauderdale Grand made this event a yummy success.


The first annual “Chocolate Fantasy”, sponsored by Levinson Jewelers and Ft. Lauderdale Grand Hotel & Yacht Club will definitely become an event everyone will look forward to in future years. Emcee/Auctioneer Mark Schumacher WPLG-TV Local 10 stated, "This is one of the best premiere events I have had the privilege of being a part of."


Chaired by Karen Unger & Debbie Gilchrist, Chocolate Fantasy was attended by more than 300 guests. 


Performance by "Cirque du soleil" style performers, music and vocal ensemble performance all added to the festivities.


Highlight of the live auction led by Mark Schumacher, WPLG Local 10 News was a special one-of-a-kind $10,000 chocolate & white diamond bracelet donated to Kids In Distress by Levinson Jewelers, one of Florida's premiere jewelers.  Other items in the live auction included heartwarming items made by children for children including a wall hanging and a special picture were also featured in the live auction.


“The Chocolate Fantasy was a fun venue with a serious purpose.  The presence of the guests at the event made them a part of a larger fantasy – to make the lives of children better."


BY:  Ginny Fujino/Betty Young




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