What the Co-Chairs Have to Say about the Exciting 2021 ChocolateBall

What the Co-Chairs Have to Say about the Exciting 2021 ChocolateBall

ChocolateBall might be virtual this year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be any less exciting! We caught up with the committee co-chairs, Beth O’Brien and Paul Strizzi, to talk about this year’s once-in-a-lifetime event.

What’s new for ChocolateBall this year?

Beth: We’re virtual and sending the party to our guests with phenomenal celebration boxes! You can enjoy the evening from the comfort of your home.

Paul: Technology is helping us all come together to celebrate. In addition to the celebration boxes, we have a virtual bartender who will walk us through creating our special cocktail for the evening.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Beth: I’m excited to see our committee’s hard work, passion, and commitment to Keystone Human Services’ mission come to life during ChocolateBall.

Paul: I’m looking forward to watching the mission moments throughout the evening highlighting the many ways KHS plays a vital role in the community.

Are you still planning to dress up?

Beth: Yes! We’re hosting our friends on our beautiful stone front porch. Even our rescue dog, Lennon, will attend!

Paul: Since Kim and I will be attending from the comfort of our back porch or patio, we won’t be dressing up as usual. What makes this aspect of ChocolateBall interesting for me is that attendees will be participating in a diverse number of ways. Some who are doing watch parties may decide to dress up and make a night out of it. Others like us may attend from around our fire pit on the patio in a sort of Jimmy Buffett style. Just as KHS serves a diverse community of people with individual needs, so will each attendee celebrate with KHS on this evening in their own way.

Why should people attend?

Beth: It’s a phenomenal event, and when a community comes together, works together, and acts together, we can make an impact. This year, there is a stronger sense of urgency as the KHS community was greatly impacted by the pandemic.

Paul: The live ChocolateBall always has a fantastic turnout. KHS has wonderful supporters. Even though the event looks different this year, the reasons for holding it are the same. Come for the fun but stay to support KHS’s mission of building inclusive communities where everyone can thrive.