Charity in Chocolate (formally Sweet Charity) has a special place in my heart. When I moved here in 2009, it was the very first event I ever attended as a writer. I had moved in the Sunday before (the event is always on a Monday) and was pretty much as brand-new as you can get.
Nostalgia aside, Charity in Chocolate is still one of the best events in DC. Held at the National Building Museum, the format is unique–tasting stations line the immense ballroom space, allowing guests to try delectable foods from some of the city’s best restaurants. There’s something for everyone, with both savory and sweet treats, and of course sumptuous premium bars to keep the party lively. The most exciting part, however, is the fashion show following the tastings. Models strut the makeshift catwalk, a raised platform placed in the center of the space specially for this event, while a DJ blasts house beats.
All this for a good cause. Charity in Chocolate benefits the Heart of America Foundation®. The Heart of America Foundation®, a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., uniquely promotes volunteer service and literacy. The organization inspires acts of service and a love of reading by building community and providing children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation® engages volunteers through putting books into the hands of children who need them the most. Through the Books From The Heart® and READesign® programs, The Heart of America Foundation® revitalizes school libraries and reading spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning that become the heart of a school.
Nothing livens up a Monday evening like fashion and gourmet food, and Charity in Chocolate couldn’t have done a more impressive job tying the two together for an amazing philanthropic purpose.