25 years of chocolate
On Feb. 23, the MSU Museum marked the 25th anniversary of its Chocolate Party Benefit, a fundraiser to help fund proper care of the museum’s various collections.
This year, competitors constructed edible creations all inspired by the theme “Anniversaries, Birthdays and Celebrations.” Also, the MSU Museum was present with a showcase of some of its science and culture collections.
After enjoying chocolate masterpieces, the public voted for its favorite selection. There also were samples galore from various venders who attended the benefit and a silent auction with prizes sponsored by local organizations.
This year, Justin Raha, an instructor at Baker College, took home the first place award in the masterpiece category for his entry "Love Live the Spartans," which featured a long winding shoot of chocolate adorned with roses, spears and a Spartan helmet. Ben Swanson and Jane Sirigiri, both students at East Lansing High School, won first place in cakes and tortes for their chocolate pistachio torte.
The Chocolate Party isn’t just delicious fun for those who attend and compete, but also for the MSU Museum staff who help organize it.
"It’s just a whole lot of fun,” said Lora Helou, acting director for the MSU Museum. “It comes at the right time, right in the middle of winter. It’s part spectacle and part fundraiser, and it’s just been a really great event with a great history behind it.”