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Cheers & Chocolate

Update on March 20, 2020

With true regret, EWP is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Cheers & Chocolate event on April 18 in response to the ongoing novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Every Woman’s Place (EWP) and the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) are both extremely disappointed to have to make this cancellation, though all involved recognize that it is paramount that we protect the health and safety of the CIM student chefs and their instructors, our potential event guests, and our EWP staff and event volunteers.

We have closed ticket sales on the Cheers Eventbrite page. We ask ticket holders to donate their ticket(s) to support EWP. There’s nothing you need to do if you wish to donate your ticket(s). If you wish a refund, please contact to request one.

We will need the entire community’s support in the face of COVID-19. While many businesses and organizations must close, reduce services, or cut shifts, EWP has instead expanded our outreach. We are ready to respond to the anticipated rise in domestic violence that statistically results from people unable to escape close quarters.

Our need hasn’t changed—in fact, it’s greater now—and we will be grateful for your support. We ask those who can to make a contribution—go to—and give:

  • one hour of counseling for a victim of abuse, for the price of a single Cheers ticket ($60)
  • a  week of healthy, freshly prepared meals for a resident in our crisis shelter, for the price of two Cheers tickets ($120)
  • a week of safety and shelter for a mother and her children from an abusive intimate partner, for the price of four Cheers tickets ($240)
  • one month of 24-7 crisis line staffing plus secure online chat and phone texting, for the price of 8 Cheers tickets ($480)

We are proud to showcase how our community is pulling together to answer the crisis of COVID-19 for those who will be impacted at more than just the level of potential illness, but also potential violence.

We still ask businesses, organizations, and individuals to sponsor our event. Cheers Sponsor contributions provide funds equal to event ticket sales. Many opportunities exist–details are located below.

Support Cheers & Chocolate


Don’t miss this exciting evening! Join us at the CIM on April 18 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Tickets are available on the web on Eventbrite, or in person between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the agency, located at 1221 W. Laketon Ave. in Muskegon. Attendees must be 21 and over and provide ID.

Purchase Tickets


We are still requesting feature raffle items as well as silent auction donations, which will then be used as part of the celebration for our 45th Anniversary in July 2020.

Feature Raffle Item

Your business or family can help make a big impact by donating a feature item for raffle at the event. Cheers guests have been thrilled in the past for a chance to win wine refrigerators, kayaks, and more.

Your donation will be recognized in the event program, the event video loop, at the display, and by the event emcee. Please contact Elisa Hopper, Director of Development at (231) 759-7909 x 267 for more information or to donate a great item!

Silent Auction Raffle Items

Showcase your wonderful West Michigan business or community group with a donation to our silent auction–your advertising materials are displayed with your donation, and you’ll be recognized in the event program. Download our Silent Auction Donation form and return with your donation by Friday, April 10, 2020. Or, let us pick it up from you! Call Elisa Hopper at (231) 759-7909 x 267.

Businesses, community organizations, and individuals are invited to sponsor this evening of exciting culinary experiences. Choose from levels including Community Sponsor (‘Tiramisu’, ‘Eclair’, ‘Madeleine’, and ‘Truffle’), Supporting Sponsor (‘White Wine’, ‘Beer Garden’, ‘Dessert’, ‘Michigan Wine’, ‘Chocolate’ and more), or Presenting Sponsor.

2020 Cheers & Chocolate Sponsors