BB&T will present “Sweet 16 Chocolate Ball,” on Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. The black tie preferred event is expected to be a sell-out.
The benefit for The Arc of Howard County includes a silent auction, with attendees able to participate via electronic BidPal devices that allow them to keep track of competing bids. The event will also feature dinner, dancing and entertainment by Oracle. And, of course, extravagant desserts created by the area’s best chefs and caterers.
A People’s Choice award will be presented to the chocolate confection deemed the most attractive by guests. A select panel of celebrity judges will also judge the desserts, based on taste and exploration of theme, as well as appearance. Celebrity judges include Joanna Guy, Miss Maryland 2012; Jason Hisley, Principal & Executive Chef of La Cakerie; Joe McKenna, Certified Master Pastry Chef, Director of Bakery Products for Wegmans; and Mary Alice Yeskey, Director of Marketing, Charm City Cakes.
Chairman of Chocolate Ball 2013 is Chip McAuliffe, and Honorary Chair is Chuck Ecker, former Howard County Executive and former Superintendent of Schools for Carroll County. Dozens of volunteers provide support for the annual event.
Proceeds from the Chocolate Ball benefit The Arc of Howard County’s vocational and residential support and services, respite care, and other programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A limited number of sponsorships are still available. Contact Director of Resource Development Kathy Swanson, email@example.com, 410-730-0638, ext. 306.