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Reserve your Luigi's Dinner and Chocolates here!

04/16 Silent Auction Begins: Midnight
04/22 Curbside Pick Up: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
04/22 Dine In Dinner: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
04/22 Silent Auction Ends: 7:00 PM
04/22 Live Auction: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The 7th Annual A Chocolate Affair will be a curbside drive-thru-style dinner pickup with a virtual auction. We are also offering a dine-in option for those who would like to join us at the Luigi's Warehouse! The bar will be open throughout the night for drinks as well. To keep our guests safe, we will be asking those who dine-in to be socially distant, wear a mask when not eating, and have your temperature checked at the door.
The week before the event, the silent auction will open! Get first access to bid on amazing, one-of-a-kind auction items.
Then, on April 22, drive through or dine-in at Bakersfield's famous Luigi's Restaurant to enjoy a fantastic Tri-Tip dinner and your wonderful chocolate desserts. Dinner includes Tri-Tip, red pasta, green salad, dinner rolls, and a box of desserts from Todorovi Boutique Desserts. Add a bottle of house Prosecco and extra desserts for an additional donation.
After your dinner, join us for a LIVE virtual auction!
With your contribution and donation, you will be supporting Early Childhood Education programs at United Way of Kern County.
Children's books are distributed at all United Way of Kern County's Educational activities such as: Born Learning Trails, Book of the Month Club, Community Resource Fairs and Raising a Reader graduation days.
All the proceeds go towards United Way of Kern County’s Early Childhood Education and Literacy Program. The program includes the following;
• Born Learning© Trails with 10 bilingual stations of learning activities at each station in parks around Kern County
• Raising a Reader Program, a preschool classroom for five years where children are exposed to 100 different titles, have guest readers, and special events
• Book of the Month Club, where children 0-8 years old receive new age-appropriate books each month
• Home Libraries where families receive their first home library to encourage the love of reading
• Special programs and outreach: Community events where books are always included
United Way of Kern County understands that the foundation for the ability to read begins at birth or even before. Listening to and interacting with parents/caregivers are the first steps to success. The steps continue through preschool and up to the third grade. This is because it is at this time that children make the important transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Those who are unable to read proficiently by the third or fourth grade are at a much higher risk of failing and ultimately dropping out of school.

Purchase your dinner at www.chocolateaffair.social


For more information or to donate an auction item, contact Sydney:
Sydney.C@uwkern.org | 661-885-5741

You can view photos from last year's event here.

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