2016 A Toast To Four Diamonds

The Fifth Annual Chocolate, Beer, and Wine Tasting Benefiting Four Diamonds

On Friday, Jan. 22, about 170 people gathered to toast to Four Diamonds at Hershey's Chocolate World. This year's "A Toast to Four Diamonds" event was the Chapter's fifth annual chocolate, beer and wine tasting to benefit Four Diamonds, and despite the early onset of blizzard conditions -- and about 100 fewer attendees than our sold-out capacity -- the Chapter raised the most money it has ever raised to benefit pediatric cancer research and aid local families. We raised an incredible $15,482.75 for Four Diamonds!
 
The evening began with a cocktail hour featuring hors d-oeuvres by the Hershey Lodge, pre-tasting drinks​, live music from 3 West, and the opening of our massively successful silent auction. The evening was emceed by local radio personality Chris Tyler of Warm 103.3.
 

Guests then heard moving speeches from the Marcus Josey family, a current Four Diamonds family, as well as Jay Paterno. Coincidentally, the evening fell on the fourth anniversary (to the day) that JoePa succumbed to cancer.

 
The evening culminated with three simultaneous tasting sessions, where guests enjoyed their choice of three experiences: specially crafted wine and chocolate pairings, beer and chocolate pairings, or a joint tasting with an opportunity to try both. Beer was provided by numerous Pennsylvania breweries and vineyards.
 
Guests enjoyed a fun evening and went home with a souvenir glass and various prizes, and Four Diamonds received more than $15,000 to fund pediatric cancer research and to benefit families undergoing treatment at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. The event was a huge success -- again, despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions!
 
The Capital Area Chapter would like to thank everyone who made this donation possible. The following sponsors and vendors allowed our event to come to fruition:
  • Commonwealth Financial Associates
  • The Hershey Company
  • United Concordia Dental
  • McCormick Taylor
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Warm 103.3
  • Fox 43
  • Fulton Bank
  • Kenneth B. Robinson & Associates
  • Contemporary Industrial Hygiene and Safety
  • Spots-Pride Farm
  • Success With Honor
  • TEKSystems
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy
  • Derrik and Rachel Wolpert & family
  • Meredith Sosik Photography
  • The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
  • Lancaster Brewing Company
  • Snitz Creek Brewery
  • Spring House Brewing Co.
  • Moo Duck Brewery
  • Spring Gate Vineyard
  • Thorn Hill Vineyards
  • Cassel Vineyards of Hershey

To view pictures from 2016 A Toast to Four Diamonds, please click here.