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On Saturday, just before Valentine’s Day, the snow-covered streets of downtown Oswego were filled with visitors seeking chocolate.
The first Chocolate Walk for Charity was hosted by Celebrate Differences, an Oswego not-for-profit organization that works to create a community of acceptance and provides individuals with disabilities with opportunities to achieve their dreams.
Several downtown businesses participated in the walk, with new business A Lady And Her Tools providing small toolboxes for carrying chocolate goods. The participating businesses each created different chocolate-themed treats, from chocolate-scented bath bombs, to truffles and brownies.
Rebecca Christiansen, founder of Celebrate Differences, praised the turnout for the event. “It was amazing, we got some really good feedback,” she said. “A lot of people thought it was bringing the community together. ... We got some visitors from other communities who loved coming, and seeing the stores that Oswego has to offer.”
As Saturday was the first time the walk was held, only 250 tickets were available, and the event quickly sold out, but Christiansen is in favor of raising the number of tickets in coming years.
All proceeds from the walk went to support Celebrate Differences.