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Rotary presents annual Death by Chocolate
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Death by Chocolate is Friday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center.
LARGO – Members of the Rotary Club of Largo are gearing up for their premier fundraiser of the year: an all-you-can-eat sampling of wine, champagne, and, most importantly, chocolate.

Death by Chocolate will gather 24 of the area’s best chocolatiers on Friday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and support youth organizations as well as Largo area schools.

“We have a lot of great chocolatiers this year as well as the silent auction (items). We’re looking forward to it,” said club president Eric Coyner. “It’s just a great evening out.”

Coyner said the event would feature several of the most fun restaurants and businesses in the area, including E&E Stakeout Grill, Melitta Coffee, Frida’s Café, Island Way Grill, Cakes by Design, Coldstone Creamery, GateauOChocolat, Edible Arrangements, Dove Chocolate and Village Inn.

“This year, I think it’ll be a great event,” he said.

Along with the chocolate tastings, the event features live entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. The club also will be selling 200 goodie bags, valued at $100, for $5.

The location of the event at the cultural center is significant as well. Largo Central Park is lit with a million LED lights, making it an ideal backdrop for the holidays. After indulging in chocolates, guests can take a stroll under the lights.

“Hopefully the weather will be somewhat cool,” Coyner said. “It should be a great night.”

The Rotary Club puts a lot of work into the event to raise funds for several of the organizations and events it supports throughout the year.

“We hope to have a lot of people. It’s a great fundraiser for us and for the community,” Coyner said. “The money all goes to great causes.”

Beneficiaries include Largo Public Library, Largo’s Day of Good Deeds, the Smuppets, Community Tampa Bay, Largo Fire Rescue Explorer Post No. 941, the Interact Club at Largo High School, Ponce De Leon Elementary School, Largo Middle School, Operation PAR, Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, city of Largo summer camps, Largo Little League, Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development Initiative, the Ian Tilmann Foundation, the Nina Harris School, Pinellas Education Foundation and Family Resources Youth Arts Corps.

In the past, the event has raised more than $20,000 annually.

“I look forward to all of the guests being there, enjoying the evening and enjoying the chocolates,” Coyner said. “Everybody has a great time.”

Group tickets are available at discounted prices. For more information, to see all the event sponsors and chocolatiers or to purchase tickets, visit www.l­argod­eathb­ychoc­olate­.com or call 587-6793.
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