CHICAGO At the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's “World of Chocolate” event, a silent auction let guests bid at different levels starting at $50. Once a bid level was selected, guests would choose a number on a punch board that corresponded to that bidding level. Event staffers dressed as professional boxers would then punch a hole through that number and reveal a corresponding prize. Lots included a gift certificate for a wine tasting, UGG Australia velvet men's slippers, and an overnight stay at Park Hyatt Chicago. The punch board raised more than $14,000.
Overall the November 29 event, which offered treats from 33 local pastry chefs and confectioners such as chocolate martinis and chocolate-covered mashed potatoes, raised more than $100,000 for the foundation.