Chamber, junior high Hot Chocolicious program raises over $8,000 for area nonprofits
Since 2016, the Graham Chamber of Commerce Hot Chocolicious program has raised around $30,000 for area nonprofit organizations. This year was a record fundraising year for the program, with nine area junior high teams from Graham Junior High School and Open Door Christian School Junior High School raising $8,579.47.
The program, created by the Graham Chamber of Commerce, has junior high teams organize a hot chocolate business, build a stand and display their projects for sale alongside the chamber’s annual Stroll and Lighted Christmas Parade. Six teams from Graham Junior High School and three from Open Door Christian School faced off in the Graham Chamber of Commerce Hot Chocolicious competition held Thursday, Dec. 2.
Each team set their own pricing and products in their stand to compete for sales, with loans given by local banks during a shark tank day. Graham Chamber of Commerce CEO Krisa De La Cruz said each year students work for hours on the night of the event to make an impact, and this year was no exception.
“They worked so hard (and) brought their best. They did well on their sales, but they also did well in their teamwork, in the presentation of their business and coming up with their recipe for their product and marketing,” De La Cruz said. “I think they learned really good lessons. And one of my favorite things to do at the end of that night is to go by each booth and ask them how they did and tell them great job, and them ask them if they’re tired because they all say, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m exhausted.’ And I think that part’s good, too, because running a business is exhausting. It does take a ton of work and I think it’s a good little introduction to it.”
For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 22 edition of The Graham Leader.