2017 A Toast To Four Diamonds

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

On Friday, Jan. 20, the sixth annual "A Toast to Four Diamonds" was held at Hershey's Chocolate World, raising a record-breaking $16,252.11 for Four Diamonds! This incredible donation from the Chapter will benefit pediatric cancer research and assist local families battling childhood cancer at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

The evening began with a cocktail hour sponsored by the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey. Hors d'oeuvres were provided by the Hershey Lodge, and 3 West offered live music. We also kicked off our most robust silent auction to date! The evening was emceed by local radio personality Chris Tyler of Warm 103.3.

Guests later heard moving speeches from Tami Rodriguez and the Layn Burger family, as well as Four Diamonds Executive Director Suzanne Graney and Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford.

Layn Burger and the Vineyard at Hershey's Merlot Mike led our official "Toast to Four Diamonds," before we moved into the evening's main event: three simultaneous tasting sessions, where guests enjoyed their choice of three experiences: wine and chocolate pairings, beer and chocolate pairings or a joint tasting experience, with an opportunity to try both. Beer was provided by generous Pennsylvania breweries and vineyards, listed below.

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
  • TEKsystems
  • United Concordia Dental
  • McCormick Taylor
  • Evans Engineering
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Warm 103.3
  • Fulton Bank
  • Kenneth B. Robinson & Associates
  • Contemporary Industrial Hygiene and Safety
  • Spots-Pride Farm
  • Success With Honor
  • Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy
  • Meredith Sosik Photography
  • 3 West
  • The Hershey Lodge
  • The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
  • Moo Duck Brewery
  • ZeroDay Brewery
  • Chatty Monks Brewing Company
  • Molly Pitcher Brewing Company
  • Spring Gate Vineyard
  • Thorn Hill Vineyards
  • Armstrong Valley Winery
  • Larsen Meadworks

To view pictures from 2017 A Toast to Four Diamonds, please click here.