United Way presents A Chocolate Affair Benefit

Priscilla Carballo, Reporter


United Way hosted “A Chocolate Affair Benefit ‘Kids with a Purpose – The Gentleman’s Club’,” event on March 7 at the Westchester Hall to raise money for early childhood educational programs at United Way of Kern County, students from a local elementary school also benefited from the event.

“Children with behavioral issues can’t learn when the environment at home and school isn’t controlled. We need more programs and counselors at our schools that can provide the appropriate guidance and help needed for these children to succeed in school and in life,” Ajay Anand said in the press release.

The event started with cocktail hour and chocolatier tasting. BC’s own Culinary Arts Program provided desserts for guests at the event.

As the guests walked around, there was a silent auction at the back of the venue with baskets filled with different goods, plaques of famous artists and players, guitars and purses. 

The evening went on with introductions and dinner. Javier Lozano, the board of chair, said some words and recognized some important guests, then had an awards ceremony honoring volunteers and beneficiaries.

The United way then presented a video slideshow of “Kids with a Purpose – The Gentleman’s Club,” which explained what they do in helping teach young men how to behave and conduct themselves.

As the night came to a close the live auction started. The highest bidder could choose between dinner with Congressman Kevin McCarthy or travel package to an exotic location with all expenses paid.

The event ended with a closing by President and CEO of United Way of Kern County, Mari Perez-Dowling thanking the guests for attending the event.