Life is Short, Eat Dessert First! Sweet Charity Fundraiser Marks 13th Year on March 20

West Chester, PA – Imagine sampling the region’s most delectable desserts while meeting and greeting community members, philanthropists and friends. That’s how Sweet Charity guests will welcome the spring season on March 20th, as this much-anticipated event marks its 13th year as Chester County Community Foundation’s signature “must attend” fun fundraiser.

Sweet Charity is a tasty night out, but it’s also a serious dessert competition. The finest local dessert chefs gather with their most crowd-pleasing creations to compete for three prizes: Most Popular Dessert, Best Presentation and Professional Judge’s Choice. Guests vote on the Most Popular choice, while judges deliberate on other winners. “The desserts are inventive, creative and out of-this-world delicious,” said Karen Simmons, President and CEO of Chester County Community Foundation, while sampling last year’s Most Popular winner: John Serock Catering’s Sweet Grilled Cheese w/ Strawberry Bisque. “The descriptions alone will make your mouth water!”

Dessert entries range from classics to cutting-edge foodie trends. Past entries included Maple Bacon Bread Pudding and Bacon Brownies at the beginning of the salty-sweet food rage; Lemon-Blueberry Coconut Tiny Pies as that mini-wave began; and gluten free Lava Cake before everyone gave up gluten. The event’s venues are also part of the fun, guests are greeted by Pink Cupcake mascots and the aroma of melted chocolate and glazed fruits mingled with coffee, wines and passed hors d’oeuvres to help satisfy the need for savory since contestants have the sweet side of things covered.

Last year’s Sweet Charity guests also had the pleasure of strolling beneath grand chandeliers and gazing at glass showcases displaying unique antiques and collectibles that would soon go under the gavel at Bunches Auctions and Appraisals. This year quest will have the chance to takin in the beautiful views of Whitford Country Club’s rolling fairways and delightful sunsets. Yet Sweet Charity is not all about dessert… It’s a gathering place for those who care about the important work that local charities do and it’s an evening when good things happen. Grants are even giving in honor of the winning chefs based on the nonprofit of their choice.

Sweet Charity benefits the Chester County Community Foundation, which grows legacy philanthropy throughout the region. The Community Foundation helps families and businesses become involved in charitable giving for the long run, by encouraging legacy gifts and increasing awareness of the needs and issues facing Chester County. The Community Foundation holds over 340 funds in trust and annually awards $2.5 million in grants and scholarships.

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Chester County Community Foundation’s Sweet Charity

All are invited to attend. Tickets begin at $125. For more information about Sweet Charity or the Community Foundation’s philanthropic programs, call (610) 696-8211 or visit

Life is Short, Eat Dessert First! Sweet Charity Fundraiser Marks 13th Year on March 20