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Chocolate for a Cause: Young Audiences’ Chocolate Fest Hits Indy

Posted by: IndyHub
Posted: September 8, 2011
Categories: Uncategorized

Guest Post by Hanna Yaeger, Young Audiences of Indiana Intern

Do you really, really like chocolate? Do you eat chocolate every chance you get? Are you thinking about chocolate right now? Well then, Young Audiences’ Chocolate Fest is the place for you.

On Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Indianapolis Artsgarden will be filled to the brim with some of the best chocolate the city has to offer! Tickets are $5 (unless you’re a Hubber – read on!), each buying you one dessert. And yes, take-out containers will be provided so you can treat your friends back at work or save some for midnight cravings!

Proceeds from Chocolate Fest support Young Audiences’ mission of providing arts in education programming to children across Indiana. YA programs not only allow students to experience the work of professional artists in all visual and performing arts disciplines, but also provide opportunities to create the art form themselves and connect their learning to other academic disciplines and life skills.

So, you can feel good about that second cupcake because with every scrumptious bite you’re helping a student develop the tools and self-confidence that will enable him or her to succeed in life.

We’re not advising you replace the spinach in your salad with chocolate chips, but there’s no reason to feel guilty for a little indulgence.  Want to hear our pitch? If you’re watching your waistline but craving something sweet, go for chocolate with a high cocoa percentage. You’ll get a dose of all the wonderful health benefits chocolate can offer you – like lower blood pressure and fewer harmful chemicals produced by stress.

Produced from the cacao plant, chocolate has been a well-known health food for more than 2,000 years. The ancient civilizations of Mexico and Latin America are considered the first to have fallen in love with chocolate. Europeans fell under its spell years later after Cortez and his conquistadors brought cacao beans back to Spain in the 16th century. From then on, chocolate made its way across the continent and the world.  During lean times, it was even considered a nutritional form of sustenance. In fact, chocolate was so respected that during wartime it even found its way into U.S soldiers’ rations!

Just in case all these reasons aren’t enough, YA is sweetening the deal for IndyHub members. Buy tickets online and enter the discount code “indyhub” to get five tickets for the price of four ($20). Free chocolate – yea!

Don’t forget to check out our blog for more of those chocolate-y health benefits plus a list of Chocolate Fest vendors and recipes. Chocolate never tasted so good!

For more information, please contact Joli Heavin at (317) 925-4043 ext. 112 or jheavin@yaindy.org.

For 50 years, Young Audiences of Indiana (YA) has empowered children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential through arts in education. Last year, YA provided more than 3,000 programs to nearly 150,000 students throughout the state.

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