BY KATHY KNIGHT
Delicious sweets were plentiful at the March of Dimes 15th Annual Chocolate Fantasy & Dessert Delights, held Thursday evening at the General Morgan Inn.
Cupcakes and cheesecake seemed to be the more prevalent treats for the evening. Approximately $5,000 was realized from the evening.
Lisa Crum, who has been chairman of the annual event since its inception, said, "I am so pleased by the number of people who came to the event and for those who bought silent auction items.
"I certainly appreciate the business people who participated. I cannot thank them enough for taking such pride in the decorating of their tables, and in their delicious samples -- and such a variety!"
"The real winners are the children who are helped through the March of Dimes," said Crum, "because all the money raised here tonight goes into their program to help raise awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented."
The March of Dimes is celebrating its 75th year.
Special guests introduced by Crum during the evening included this year's Greeneville March of Dimes Ambassador, Jaelyn Fisher, 23 months old, daughter of Josh Fisher and LeeAnn Wills, born prematurely, weighing two pounds and 10 ounces; and last year's ambassador, Ella Kate Bailey, daughter of Chris and Annie Southerland Bailey of Greeneville.
Crum said that although she was unsure of the complete name of the individual, it was interesting to note that there was a 27-year-old man present for the event named Corey, who was over 6-feet tall.
"What is significant about that," said Crum, "his mother was telling me that he was born premature and two months early 27 years ago and had received support through the March of Dimes. He is doing well."
Assisting Crum this year once again with the silent auction were co-chairmen Gail Landers and Sharon O'Neal, who presented an array of items from local businesses, including a 52-inch TV from Walmart.
Fifteen different businesses offered samplings to the participants in attendance.
Food and drink providers included: Angeez Catering & Sweet Shop, Applebee's, Brumley's at the General Morgan Inn, Catalyst Coffee Company, Chocolate Elegance, Creamy Cup, Ella's, Fatz Café, Food City Bakery, Grann's Gourmet Apples, Peggy Ann Bakery & Deli, Phoenix Theatres, Polka Dots Cupcakes & Confections, Sweet CeCe's, and Tannery West on Bernard Avenue.
Special awards are given each year.
The Chef's Choice award went to Chocolate Elegance.
The People's Choice award for Best Taste went to Grann's Gourmet Apples, while the People's Choice award for Best Presentation went to Angeez Catering & Sweet Shop.
The Chef's Choice winner is selected by the presenters themselves. Both of the People's Choice awards are selected by the attendees.
Sponsors for the 2013 event included Takoma Regional Hospital, Lisa Crum's State Farm, Consumer Credit Union, The General Morgan Inn, WIKQ, WGRV, WSMG, Copies Unlimited, and The Greeneville Sun.
Photos and details of the evening will be featured in The Greeneville Sun's ACCENT section in November.