Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Sunny the Big Man holds a heart shaped box of chocolates and rose on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Sunny the Big Man holds a heart shaped box of chocolates and rose on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.
FARMINGTON — Chocolate lovers and philanthropists will gather Friday to raise money for People Assisting the Homeless, a local nonprofit facing increasing costs and diminished grant funding.

"A Chocolate Affair" uses a sweet tactic to encourage donations attracting givers with chocolate treats made by local caterers and chocolatiers.

The fundraiser will be held in the 8,800-square-foot auditorium at Pinon Hills Community Church because the event, now in its third year, outgrew a previous location.

"We're very excited," said Jonna Sharpe, PATH's executive director. "It's been taken very well by the community. It's been so supportive, and we've grown each year."

PATH operates a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Farmington. The shelter housed 752 homeless individuals and the Daily Bread soup kitchen served 35,150 meals during its most recent fiscal year.

"The amount of people that we have been serving has increased a lot over the past year and a half, so we need more funding," Sharpe said.

Funds from A Chocolate Affair will go toward PATH's operating expenses, she said.

A Chocolate Affair will feature live and silent auctions, dancing and piano music performed by Sheldon Pinkering & Friends.

"Supporting PATH and the Four Corners Foundation is a good fit as our community project because it allows us to use our facilities and our volunteer base to help a group that is effectively addressing some of the biggest problems of our community homelessness," John Morgan, lead pastor at Pinon Hills, said in a prepared statement.


Daily Times Publisher John Elchert will serve as master of ceremonies. The Daily Times is among the event's sponsors.

Tickets are $15 each or $25 for two tickets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will conclude at 9:30 p.m.

PATH is making a big move later this year. The organization expects to move into a new shelter, named A Path Home, to be built at 520 Hydro Plant Rd. in Farmington. The 13,600-sqaure-foot facility is estimated to cost $3 million.

It will house a new 60-bed homeless shelter and 12-unit transitional living facility.

The Four Corners Foundation, a local nonprofit founded in 2009 by Dr. Matthew deKay, is spearheading the project.