Muskegon event aims to raise funds for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Chocolate covered strawberries are just one of many items on offer at Strawberry Fest this Friday and Saturday. Grand Rapids Magazine file photo by iStock.

The 2021 Cheers & Chocolate Community Crawl will connect with Muskegon-area businesses to raise funds for a local domestic and sexual assault shelter.

Hosted by Every Woman’s Place, the Community Crawl is a monthlong event that raises funds and awareness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Muskegon County.

The event will be held from April 1-30 in downtown Muskegon at the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

New this year, the event will include any business in Muskegon County rather than just bars and restaurants.

The Community Crawl encourages the Muskegon community to frequent area businesses and purchase featured items. In anticipation of a wider reopening of the economy this spring, the event invites businesses to commit to giving back a portion of proceeds from these featured items.

“We recognized it’s important to help boost the economic recovery of the entire community while raising funds and raising awareness of our services for domestic and sexual violence,” said Elisa Hopper, director of development at Every Women’s Place.

This month of community engagement will end with the Community Crawl Finish Line. From 5-8 p.m. April 24, downtown Muskegon’s Social District will offer food, drinks and live entertainment at the end of the evening. It will be broadcast on for those wishing to watch from home.

The Finish Line also will feature the sale of boxed hand-made chocolates prepared by the student chefs of the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

In-person and from-home attendees of the Finish Line can reserve their choice of boxed chocolates, priced from $10 to $20 and in four-count, eight-count or 12-count sizes, for pickup either at Every Women’s Place or the Finish Line.

“We have seen what can and does happen, daily, when hope reappears in the lives of those struggling to overcome barriers,” said Kim Dimmett, executive director at Every Women’s Place. “When an individual enters into our services, we walk beside them as they move forward. We make this same commitment to our community members and businesses.”

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