Union Hospital 14th annual chocolate event is Feb. 2

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Tickets are now on sale for the 14th annual Chocolate Love A'fair, Saturday, Feb. 2, sponsored by the Union Hospital Auxiliary. The event will be 1-4 p.m. at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in the Union Hospital Corner Shop gift shop or at New Philadelphia Buehler's or Parkside Buehler's in Dover. If any tickets remain on the day of the event, they will be sold at the door.

Local chefs, bakers and chocolatiers are perfecting their chocolate creations for this event, which invites guests to sample dozens of desserts specially made for the event.

Gift baskets, gift certificates, desserts and other items will be auctioned during the afternoon. Guests will be invited to vote on their favorite chocolate dessert in the "People's Choice Award" while local celebrity judges will be on hand to select the 2013 "Judge's Choice Award" recipient.

"This year represents the 14th anniversary of the Chocolate Love A'fair, and it continues to expand, improve and offer something new every year," said Lynn Ballantyne of Dover, the project founder and chairperson. "We are truly grateful to our generous donors, sponsors and to this wonderful community for its support of the hospital."

The Union Hospital Auxiliary hosts events throughout the year as fundraisers for Union Hospital, which is a not-for-profit organization. All proceeds are used to purchase patient care equipment and improve facilities at Union Hospital of Dover.

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