Live for Chocolate event raises awareness about breast cancer

By Lynn R. Parks

The sidewalks in downtown Seaford were crowded Friday night. Women  and a few men  most carrying hot pink shopping bags and many wearing pink shirts, strolled from store to store on the cool spring evening, sampling food and drink and collecting information about breast cancer prevention and treatment.

This was the second annual Live for Chocolate, sponsored by Nanticoke Health Services, the city of Seaford and the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 20 businesses and organizations participated, including the Fantasy Beauty Salon on High Street.

"This is wonderful," said owner Sara Lee Thomas, who was serving chocolate candies. A Mary Kay representative was set up at one of the salon chairs, giving tips on how to use makeup.

"It would be great to do something like this on a regular basis," Thomas continued. "Things like this really help to get people downtown and bring customers in."

Jim Blackwell, curator at the Seaford Museum, agreed. "If this is an indication of what could be in downtown Seaford, then there's hope," he said.

The museum, owned and operated by the Seaford Historical Society, was serving chocolate treats in its Webb Exhibit Room. Pink chocolate spilled out of a small fountain; nearby was a mound of small marshmallows for dipping in the chocolate, something that Kelly Novak, Seaford, was doing.

"This is a really nice event," Novak said. "It is nice to see the community involved, even though it's a cool night."

New to the event this year was the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. Near the altar, a quartet from the Golgotha Haitian Alliance Church, Seaford, sang. In the foyer, treats were available for sale and for give-away.

"We just want to welcome the community into our church," church member Nan Zamorski said. "Our minister, Pastor Christine Bowden, blessed all the candy. So we really do have heavenly fudge and divine chocolate."

At Dick's Barber Shop, in what was designated the "Man Cave," stout from 3rd Wave Brewing Company in Delmar was on tap. Also there was Gene Odom, author of the book "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock." A native of Citrus County, Fla., Odom was in the area to attend a concert in Whaleysville, Md., and was invited to sell his book in the barbershop.

"Sales are going well," Odom said. "I'm supposed to take books to the concert tomorrow to sell, but right now I only have two left."

Janet Inners, from Ocean Pines, Md., attended Live for Chocolate last year. This year, she and three of her friends were back.

"This is a great time," she said, in between tossing breast-shaped beanbags toward a target. "Most of the time when we're in this area, we just drive down Route 13 and we don't really see the town. It's very pleasant to come into downtown and spend the evening."

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