Downtown Lincoln Association’s Chocolate Ball
When: 6 p.m. Feb. 10
Where: Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane, Lincoln
Couples looking for a romantic evening, who don’t want to go out on Valentine’s Day, may want to consider one of the few formal events in Lincoln — the Downtown Lincoln Association’s (DLA) Chocolate Ball.
Lincoln resident Pam Lopez, a Downtown Lincoln Association board member, said the inaugural Chocolate Ball was held in conjunction with the Lincoln Community Foundations Chocolate Lover’s Festival.
“The foundation didn’t do the festival again but folks were asking us when the ball would be,” Lopez said. “That first year, it was at the Heritage Theater and we sold out. We were at capacity with 80 tickets sold.
“The next year we had it at Beermann’s and we realized the event was too big for Beermann’s,” Lopez added. “We looked high and low and couldn’t secure anything downtown. The next biggest location was Orchard Creek Lodge in Lincoln Hills. We had it there last year and we still had room to expand; it’s a great venue and we’re doing it again there.”
Lopez, who presumes the event to sell out, said she expects 150 tickets to be available for the event.
And, Lopez added, the Chocolate Ball allows the Downtown Lincoln Association to “do great things.”
“It’s the DLA’s largest fundraiser of the year,” Lopez said. “Funds raised through the Chocolate Ball are used to host community events downtown such as ‘Kick up the Dust,’ our food truck events as well as Halloween and Christmas programs.”
Lopez said all of the downtown programs require permits as well as marketing. The Downtown Lincoln Association also sponsors annual scholarships for Lincoln High School students.
Attendees can expect a three-course, sit-down dinner of chocolate-infused dishes.
“Our chef is working now on the final menu,” Lopez said. “We have a wonderful cocktail hour, from 6 to 7 p.m., with signature chocolate cocktails and a round of chocolate-infused appetizers, both sweet and savory. There are also three options for the entrée, chicken, beef or vegetarian.”
A silent auction will be held during the cocktail hour. A disc jockey from local radio station 101.9 the Wolf will provide music for dancing and there will be several prizes given away, including:
• a piece of jewelry donated by Lincoln Gold and Coin
• a 60-inch color television
• a four-pack of Disneyland Park Hoppers
• wine and, of course, chocolate
“When you are done, you are full and happy; you’ve had lots of chocolate,” Lopez said. “It’s a pretty good time.”
Ed Mertens, president of the Downtown Lincoln Association, said the entertainment will be wonderful and the food will be great.
“It’s a very nice, formal event for our community,” Mertens said. “It’s a good time to visit with your neighbors at a fun event.”
“There isn’t another formal event in Lincoln that I’m aware of,” Mertens added. “I’ve been to all but the first one and have always had a great time and I’ve won some prizes.”