Live for Chocolate draws attention to women's health issues, support from men

By Lynn R. Parks

Live for Chocolate, sponsored every year by Nanticoke Health Services, the city of Seaford and the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, is intended to draw attention to women's health issues. But at this year's event, held Friday in downtown Seaford, attendees included a good number of husbands and boyfriends.

"It's good to see so many men this evening," said Missy Babinski, director of radiology at Nanticoke and, on Friday night, in charge of recruiting people for the Live for Chocolate cake walk. "It's nice to see them out, supporting their wives and women in general."

Among the younger men at Live for Chocolate were brothers Brock and Storm Willey, Seaford. About an hour into the event, they had already visited the venues in Blades and were strolling along High Street, collecting clues from the 15 participants in the event's scavenger hunt. In honor of May, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Brock wore a pair of pink sunglasses.

"We read about this event in the newspaper and thought that it would be fun," Brock said. And were the brothers having a good time? "Absolutely!" he said.

This was the third year for Live for Chocolate. Threatening rain and cool temperatures forced some of the activities inside: The cake walk, for which Babinski was recruiting participants, was held in a garage across High Street from city hall. And the Boob Toss, a throwing competition in which the beanbags resemble breasts, was moved from the sidewalk in front of the Bath Shop at Two Cats in the Yard to the shop's front porch. That didn't matter, said volunteer helper Thelma Meddings. "Wherever we are, we will have a good time," she said. "It's all about having fun."

Despite the weather, attendance at this year's event was pretty good, Babinski said. "I think that this must be getting a reputation for being a lot of fun," she added. "There are games, and good food and drink. Plus, people get to get out and see their neighbors."

One of the stops in the scavenger hunt was the law firm of Procino, Wells and Woodland. There, employee Meagan Sekscinski was pouring chocolate martinis into small glasses. The ingredients: chocolate vodka, cr�me de cacao and milk, with a swirl of Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Erin Dukes, who has worked at the law firm for 10 years, said that employees there support Live for Chocolate every year. "We are all from here or have moved here and Sussex County has captured our hearts," she added. "We like to be of service in the community any way we can."

At the Seaford Museum, volunteers with the Seaford Historical Society were serving chocolate treats. Enjoying them were friends Linda Birch, Wanda Miller and Denise Taylor, all from Seaford.

Birch and Miller are both cancer survivors, "so this kind of thing is close to our hearts," Birch said. But more than that, "we are chocolate lovers," Miller said. "We aren't going to let a little rain keep us away from this."

Lin Boggs, owner of the Liquid Assets liquor store, Seaford, was manning a wine-tasting table at Your Sister's Closet, a formal dress-rental shop run by Soroptimist International of Seaford. At a table set up near the dressing rooms, Boggs was pouring samples of Chocolate Shop and Jam Jar, both dessert wines that are good paired with chocolate, she said.

Boggs had a simple reason for helping out with an event that supports women's health. "I'm here tonight because I'm a woman with four daughters," she said.

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