The Dragon women’s basketball team gave back to the community last week by volunteering at the Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser.
The YWCA hosted the 29th annual Chocolate Fantasy at the Holiday Inn Sept. 13. At the event, over 100 chocolate desserts, along with chili, were served to guests.
The funds raised at the event were given to the YWCA Emergency Center, which houses women and children in need of shelter.
Every year, the YWCA provides roughly 24,000 nights of shelter to those in need, and the Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser raises enough money to cover 700 nights.
“We needed to find a way to make dollars for the Emergency Center, and who doesn’t like chocolate?” said Erin Prochnow, executive director at the YWCA Cass Clay.
There was a range of items including chocolate cake, cheesecake, chocolate covered fruit, cake balls and chocolate fondue.
The Dragons were there from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help serve desserts, restock trays, greet guests and whatever else was needed from them.
“It feels great to give back, especially at a place where we’re serving chocolate,” said Kaycee Charette, a senior guard for the Dragons. “The community gives a lot to our program.”
Freshman forward Savanna Handevidt agreed.
“It’s very important to help out those less fortunate,” she said. “I love to be a part of it.”
The Chocolate Fantasy event originally started out as Chocolate Desire and was held on Valentine’s Day. After it evolved into a big event, they needed a bigger venue, changed the name and moved it to the fall.
“It’s humbling each year to see all these people wanting to make sure women and children have a safe place,” Prochnow said. “What we do is important and essential. The volunteer work is critical.”
The Dragons’ mascot, Scorch, and Athletic Director Doug Peters were volunteering at the event as well.
“It’s exciting to see the team out supporting the YWCA and an important cause,” Peters said.
BY MEREDITH WATHNE