ACHC serves the community of Ashland by providing medical services to those who are under or un-insured. The sweet treat bonanza serves as a fundraiser for the clinic, covering many of its regular operating expenses.
"[The Chocolate Festival] allows more opportunities to help in a fun way." said Dr. Roger Snyder, who is one of the primary leaders of the philanthropic clinic.
Fun was certainly one of the key descriptive terms for the event. Besides tantalizing one's sweet tooth with chocolates and goodies, there were many other good times to be had, especially for the kids.
Ashland's own "Magic Mike" also came in to entertain the young people with his comedic illusion routine.
The most pleasurable items of the day were certainly the delicacies offered by the 20 local businesses that participated in the event. Companies such as Sweeties Jumbo Chocolates, Hiller's County Market, Tastefully Simple, The Pantry, and the Danish Kitchen donated their distinctive chocolate treats or unique sweets for the top help the ACHC raise money.
John Ross said his family's favorite were the peanut butter Easter eggs found among the various companies displays. But he also mentioned that the delight went even beyond what his pallet could savor.
Dr. Snyder said that his chocolate of choice were the chocolate covered espresso beans that Downtown Perk served up.
"They say now that caffeine and chocolate are really good for you," Snyder said with a smile. "So this is perfect."
While fun and tasty might have been descriptive terms for the day, Strickling focused on the idea of generosity.
"Generous is a big word for all this," she said. She exuded amazement and thanks for all businesses that contributed to the silent auction, acted as chocolateirs, and for the many ACHC volunteers who made the day into the success that it was.