By LINDSAY CAREY
The American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Auxiliary Unit is holding its 12th annual Valentine Chocolate Festival on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chairperson of the Valentine Chocolate Festival Cindy Kopcza that event always has a good turnout and is a fun way to raise some money.
Some of the items for sale include gift baskets for both children and adults. The gift baskets for children may include themes like basketball, football, or baby dolls.
“People like to pick those up for the grandchildren,” said Kopcza.
She said there are typically about 24 theme baskets for adults, which include gifts for women in women.
“They’re about as big as a full-size laundry basket,” said Kopcza. “Two ladies who like to bake are making a bakers basket, which might include things like cookie sheets and the ingredients to bake.”
Some other examples of the theme baskets at the Valentine’s chocolate event is a car care basket, a golf basket, a tool basket, a book basket, a birds basket, a ladies spa basket, a going away to college baskets and much more.
Kopcza explained that people are welcome to attend the event for the raffle and leave. When the raffle ends at 4 p.m., the winners will be called on the phone.
There will also be a bake sale, handmade flower arrangements, homemade candy and food available in the café including hot dogs, grilled cheese, soups, chili, coffee, and soda.
With around 20 Legionnaires helping out, Kopcza said the event is always a success when the weather is clear. The snow date is Feb. 1.
“It has been a money maker so we continue to do it,” said Kopcza. “We have a lot of people that come out.”
The money raised from the event typically goes into the American Legion’s general fund or the children’s fund, but this year they are planning to do something different.
This year, Kopcza said that they are planning on making a donation towards the Southington Community Arts Center.
“This would benefit everyone not only members of the legion, but their kids and their grandkids,” said the Valentine Festival Chocolate Festival chairman. “We thought that would be a nice way to give back to the community not just the veterans.”