Every year the Auburn University Women’s Resource Center (WRC) holds the Women’s Health and Wellness Chocolate Festival to raise awareness for women’s health and wellness issues. Yes, a chocolate festival.
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Saturday November 7th the festival will kick off with a tailgate called “Loco for Cocoa” to raise awareness about eating disorders. One in four college aged women suffers from disordered eating, so they will be providing hot chocolate to tailgaters along with information about eating disorders, in hopes to raise awareness about the issue.
The next day, Sunday November 7th, the WRC is putting on a fundraiser to raise awareness for women’s health and wellness issues. The Sunday after the Homecoming game, a 5K race will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Mell Street side of the library. Registration is $15, and participants can register on the WRC website or www.active.com
“You get a really cute Chocolate Festival long-sleeved t-shirt when you register, and we’re going to have a lot of goodies and prizes at the end of the 5K, so we would love to have people participate in that,” said Jennifer Tillman, the lead intern at the WRC.
The main event will begin on Wednesday, November 10th from 12-3 p.m. in the Student Center. The classrooms in the back corner of the 2200 quadrant (diagonal to the Foy Help Desk) will be taken over by tables of chocolate and different health expositions.
All of the chocolate goodies are donated by local vendors, “such AK’s Coffee, Daylight Donuts, and Applebee’s and other local restaurants with really good sweets, chocolates, truffles, brownies, cakes, anything you can think of,” Tillman said. “There is a huge selection, so if you like chocolate, you should be there.”
The event will also have several expositions that will be giving information about women’s health and wellness. “There are usually 26-30 expos that come and set up,” Schooley said.
“The East Alabama Medical Center’s Women’s Health usually brings breasts you can feel for lumps,” said Tillman. “Also, The Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) sends several different organizations. Dermatologists come and give information about skin care.”
Last year a spa came out and gave free neck massages as well.
The cost of the event is $5, and it covers entrance into the festival and four servings of different chocolates of your choice, the expositions, a cake walk, a silent auction and games.
“It is a huge event to raise awareness about women’s health issues and also to raise funds for our beneficiary,” Schooley said. Tickets will be sold the day of the event, but according to Schooley, they run out fast because they only have so much chocolate available.
Every year the WRC chooses a new beneficiary for all of the proceeds raised from the events. This year all proceeds will be going to Cindi’s Library. Cindi’s Library is located in the East Alabama Medical Clinic (EAMC), and it is a library for cancer patients and their families. The WRC chose that beneficiary because “cancer is such an important women’s health issue,” Schooley said.