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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) MC (Mission Chocolicious), benefiting Humane Society Young County, takes an order during the Hot Chocolicious event Thursday, Dec. 2.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) The Snow Flakes benefiting Glass Slipper Project. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Annabell Edmonson-Brown, Jalissa Whitlock, Hailey Goll, Lyla Dixon, Angie Graham and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) HCC (Hot Chocolicious Children) benefiting Habitat For Humanity. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Liam Bailey Kristal Barton, Luke Alaniz, Kay Guinn and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Hot Chocolate Heaven benefiting Gear Up Graham. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Brandi Menard, Jack Menard, Jackson Wagnor, Ean Arrell, and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) MC (Mission Chocolicious) benefiting Humane Society Young County. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Sarah Hernandez, Mia Ramirez, Meah Aranda and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Hot Mugs benefiting the nonprofit Virginia’s House. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Shey Losh, Kynleigh Larance, Kelby Morgan, Susie Clack and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Rockin’ Hot Cocoa benefiting The Rock. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, James Blackmon, Maddie Hearne, Hayden Hearne, Ashley Hodges, Krisa De La Cruz and David Flynn.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Your Daily Cup benefiting Garments of Grace. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Raylie Seyler, Bailey Bond and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) The 3 Chocolatiers benefiting Young County Warrior Ranch. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Andrea Lowery, Walker Bennett, Cooper Anderle, Porter Caddell and Krisa De La Cruz.
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    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Delicious Hot Chocolicious benefiting Meals on Wheels. Shown from l-r are Sonny Cruse, Weston Gray, Samantha Jimenez, Martiza Palacios, Gaye Monk and Krisa De La Cruz.

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.

The Graham Leader

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