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February 16, 2013

LV announces winners of Chocolate Classic 2013

TIFTON — Cakes by Audrey took Best in Show at Literacy Volunteers’ Chocolate Classic 2013. The Bistro at 219 won Best Presentation and Ruby Tuesday’s won Best Taste. Eleven chocolatiers vied for recognition among the 100 guests that attended the event Tuesday night. Each guest voted on their choice for distinctions after sampling the chocolate each vendor offered. The event was held at The Bistro at 219 (Main Street).

“The Chocolate Classic was perfect for couples,” Liz Carson Keith, event chairman, said. “But it also was popular for girlfriends’ night, too. It had something for everyone who craves chocolate.” In addition to chocolate sampling, attendees enjoyed a live auction called by Lance Kearce. “Lance and his wife, Debbie, hail from Leesburg, and are in the process of opening a Main Street business. His auctioneering skills were key to making the auction lively and successful,” Keith said.

Top prize was a 2003 Indian Chief Roadmaster motorcycle donated by Bill Sweeny.

Other donors of live and silent auction items were Mrs.Kearce, Three Graces, Bailes Cobb of Hartwell, Ellis Custom Framing, Longhorns, Toni Marcus Elkins of Columbia, S.C, Dr. Posey, Charles Styer, Sisters Bakery and Florist, Kay Simpson, Spring Hill Country Club, Genie Moore McMillan, Southern Eagle Distributors, Bob’s Flowers, Vickie Horst, Initial Outfitters, Staples, Adel Outfitters, Roberts Jewelry, Lisha Keith Mendez, Southern Woods Plantation, Honey Lake Plantation, and B. J. Smith.

Also contributing were Horsecreek Winery and Starbucks Coffee.

 “We enjoyed great community support,” Keith said. “I can’t tell you how much the businesses in the area helped to make this a perfect evening.”

In addition to the chocolatiers who were finalists in the People’s Choice voting, Publix, Three Graces, Longhorn’s, Red Lobster, Stevi B’s, Hilton Garden Inn, and Applebee’s also participated.

“Proceeds for the event  will go toward literacy programs in Tift County,” Dr. John Hamm, LV president, said. “We match adults needing basic skills instruction

and GED preparation with tutors who volunteer their time to help these students.” Volunteers are asked to contribute an hour or more a week to adults with their academic studies. In addition, LVTTC collaborates with Moultrie Tech and other agencies to provide basic skills classes, English lnaguage classes, and GED test fees.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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