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United Way of Kern County hosts its sixth annual chocolate affair fundraiser, proceeds benefit educational programs in Kern County

United Way of Kern County hosts its sixth annual chocolate affair fundraiser
Posted at 12:01 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 04:03:32-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — United Way of Kern County hosts its sixth annual fundraiser event, the Chocolate Affair. This year's event supported the work of College Heights Elementary School students and its‘Boys With A Purpose, Gentlemen’s Club.

The club teaches young men like Ke'moni Chambers life skills, how to dress and conduct themselves like gentlemen.

"They are teaching us how to treat other people the way they would like to be treated and to respect people," said Chambers.

United Way of Kern County focuses on providing a better quality of life for the community, through education, health, and financial stability.

All proceeds for Saturday's fundraiser go towards their education division.

Mari Perez-Dowling, the Ceo of United Way of Kern County, says the donations will greatly impact the already improving members of the club.

"For example, this group of kids were getting F’s and getting sent to the dean's office for issues," Perez-Dowling said. "And after this program, we are now seeing them behave as gentlemen."

The event was filled with chocolate in every corner from candies, cakes, and chocolate beer.

The 50 plus-year-old organization, United Kern Way, says each donation has and will impact a child's life.

"The people will be able to see their money in action when they give," said Gabriel Alvarez, marketing manager for United Way of Kern County.

The organizers tell 23ABC they do not have an exact goal they would like to raise, but are grateful for each donation.

If you would like to become involved or learn more about United Kern Way,click here.