Wine, Women & Chocolate

by Bri Kilroy

The big holiday season is a little over a month away, but that’s not stopping the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) from inviting you to eat, drink and be merry at their annual Wine, Women & Chocolate event.

The feast of delights starts as soon as guests enter the Cheney Place at 1600 Monroe Ave. Tables throughout the 10,000 square foot space are coated with edibles, choreographed in such beautiful arrangements that you almost hesitate delving into the masterpiece.

Hesitation never outlasts the appetite for extraordinary hors d’oeuvres provided by West Michigan Catering or the artisan chocolates provided by Mokaya Chocolates. As the event’s title suggests, WRC ensures your sweet teeth are satisfied while introducing new surprises to the mix. Furniture City Creamery is serving some of their most coveted and unique flavors from their ever-rotating ice cream menu.

winewomenchocolateThe most important thing we do is help women believe in themselves again.”

Joining the variety of wines and craft beers served at the bar tables this year are refreshing fall sips by Painted Turtle Hard Cider. Each guest receives a special souvenir glass to fill with libations through the evening as they meet with friends, network and listen to profound stories shared by past and current participants of WRC.

“The most important thing we do is help women believe in themselves again,” Communications Coordinator Linda Dietrich said of the employment services WRC.

WRC’s employment education, training programs, and an incredible wealth of resources from interview practice to the Women’s Clothes Closet, which provides women with three full outfits that they can wear to job interviews, have been giving women the opportunity to change their future in the workforce since 1973. Each WRC participant has a personal story of empowerment and determination that inspires guests throughout the evening as they meet and talk with these incredible women that defied expectations.

Proceeds from Wine, Women & Chocolate fully attribute WRC’s services, which they can provide free of charge to the women that enter their program in need of guidance. In addition, an array of silent auction items serve as an opportunity to further benefit WRC and treat yourself with something beyond the wine, chocolates and the event’s signature cupcake developed by Cakeabakery.

Gather your friends and coworkers, and give yourself a night of indulgence for an unbeatable cause. Find tickets and more information about WRC at As one of the event’s proud sponsors, we at Women’s LifeStyle can’t wait to see you there.

What: Wine, Women & Chocolate
Where: The Cheney Place, 1600 Monroe Ave. NW
When: October 6, 5-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 (proceeds benefit the employment services of WRC)
Attire: Business casual


Bri Kilroy is a Grand Valley and AmeriCorps alumna who learned to type through vigorous Mavis Beacon trainings. She also passes as an artist, illustrator and author of this bio.


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