OROVILLE, Calif. - A big fundraiser for youth programs in Paradise is being held in Oroville this year because of the Camp Fire.
Saturday night in Oroville at Gold County Casino a party and auction were held to kick off the youth program fundraising events related to the sweet dessert.
Approximately 400 people attended an event Saturday night put on by Paradise Chocolate Fest organizers to "sweeten the pot."
Saturday night's guests pitched in to support two dozen different youth groups from Paradise, including local scouts and programs at Paradise schools.
Action News Now anchor Debbie Cobb donated a special item to the auction. The top bidder has the rights to name the main character in her new children's book. The auction item brought in $3,950 that will go to the youth of Paradise.
The actually daylong Chocolate Fest will be held on June 1, 2019, at Gold Country Casino between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
In the past nine years alone, Youth on the Ridge Community Foundation/Paradise Chocolate Fest has contributed over $200,000 in vital support to 45 organizations that provide educational, enrichment, recreational and leadership opportunities to youth on the Paradise Ridge. From scholarships to upgraded computers, sports uniforms, musical instruments, literacy mentors, leadership programs, vision screening, food banks and more, revenues ultimately reach out to impact the lives of thousands of youth on the Ridge.
“The youth organizations the Paradise Chocolate Festival benefits serve not just the kids and teens; they support families, foster friendships, and provide a sense of belonging. These things are more important than ever for the young people in Paradise who have suffered a lot of trauma since the day of the Camp Fire. Chocolate Fest organizers said they need the region's financial help so they can continue to supply enduring support to the organizations that provide the fun, life lessons and memories that our children and teens deserve.
Paradise Chocolate Fest leaders have announced that twenty-eight organizations will benefit from the “sweet rewards” of this year’s Fest. The community’s support of this very special event will provide a foundation for youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge to rebuild their vital programs and services.
2019 beneficiaries include Achieve Charter School; Boy Scout Troops #316 and #770; Children’s Community Charter School" Cub Scout Packs #316 and #770; Girl Scouts; Gold Nugget Museum; Paradise Elementary PTO; Paradise Elks Lodge; Paradise Friends of the Library; PHS Academic Decathlon Team; PHS Athletic Teams; PHS Link Crew; PHS Student Leadership; Paradise Host Lions Club; Paradise Intermediate Evergreen 6 Academy; Paradise Intermediate School Web Program; Paradise Junior Football; Paradise Piranhas Swim Team; Paradise Recreation & Park District; Paradise Rotary Interact; Paradise Unified School District; Ponderosa Elementary PTO; Rainbow Girls; Reading Pals Paradise; and the Ridgeview High School Rangers.