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Children visit the Choco-Loco Factory during a fundraiser for the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation.

BY: Catherine Miller | April 18, 2014

SOUTH BUFFALO - The Bunnyfest excursion at the Choco-Logo Factory Shop on April 12 saw over 250 children visiting the Easter Bunny, enjoying face-painting and learning how various chocolate confections are made. 

A fundraising effort to benefit the Seneca Street Community Development Corporation [SSCDC] the Choco-Logo employees explained to visiting children how to mix and mold chocolates into various shapes and candies.

Parents as well as children enjoyed the event.

“I came here last year for a different fundraiser and the children had a great time. I was watching the Choco-logo website to find another event this year,” stated Maria Zawilski, who was joined her children and friends, “It’s a great event for the kids at Easter time. The kids love to see the chocolate being made.”

Bronwen Battaglia, Art Director at Choco-Logo kept the tours flowing throughout the candy factory to make sure the children had sufficient time to enjoy each station set up throughout the factory.

“We’ve done several fundraisers here for various causes and we receive a great response. We sell out every year,” stated Battaglia, “It’s just a way that a small business can give back in a big way to the community.”

The fundraiser was greatly appreciated by Christi Severson, Grants Administrator at SSCDC.

“Our programs are underfunded so fundraisers like this make a big difference to our ability to bring forth programs for the children,” admitted Severson.

The SSCDC enriches lives of area children by providing free academic and social programs geared to enrich their lives and offer experiences that would not otherwise be provided to the children. Community partners include Daemen College, University of Buffalo, Buffalo State College and many others. The program was initiated in 1998 and has grown throughout the years and is now offering afterschool tutoring, computer labs, physical fitness programs and educational field trips.

The Seneca Street Community Development Corporation is presently seeking volunteers that can donate their time to work with the children, primarily afterschool and during the summer months. There are various volunteer opportunities that focus on academic, health and fitness, and recreational activities. Contact SSCDC at 462-0117 to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of area children.

Open year-round visit Choco-logo Confectionary Design’s factory and shop at 141 Broadway or contact them at 855-3500 for hours and further information. After all – it has been said that chocolate fixes everything. While that may not be true, you may as well give it a try.

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