Students set to shine at 11th annual Death by Chocolate

Death is inevitable, but death by chocolate is a whole other story.

For its 11th annual Death by Chocolate charity auction and dinner, the Bonney Lake Lions Club has partnered up with the Bonney Lake High School DECA club to put on the event, which takes place Saturday April 8.

Complete with a dinner provided by the Bonney Lake Culinary Club and the night’s entertainment from Bonney Lake High School student and local musician, Ross Lindsey, the night will be an opportunity for students to take the reins and show off their skills and talents.

Though Death by Chocolate is the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser and a tradition for the organization, this year’s event almost didn’t happen.

David Klein, branch member for the Bonney Lake Wal-Mart, was attending a Lions meeting when they were discussing the charity dinner and he thought of recruiting the high school’s DECA club. “The Lions were intrigued by DECA being involved and I was kind of a liaison [between the two],” Klein said.

As always, there will be an auction of desserts created specifically for the event, along with other prizes which includes a Mariners gift basket and Disneyland tickets. All money raised during the event will go to charity, but this year the funds will be split down the middle between DECA and the Lions Club.

“Proceeds will go the Lions Club hearing, vision and Lions 4 Kids projects, along with the DECA activities,” said Bonney Lake city council member Tom Watson, who also heads the organization’s Vision Care committee.

Lions 4 Kids is an activity within the Lions Club that works to provide children with clothes and school supplies.

With a high number of students involved in this year’s Death by Chocolate, Klein said he hopes that it will inspire more students. “Getting a student performer involved is great,” he said when referring to 16-year-old Lindsey, who is a singer, songwriter and guitar player who produces his own music. Though Lindsey isn’t able to be more involved with DECA due to his classes, he says that he tries to help the club out in any way he can. “My teachers asked me if I’d like to perform and I was excited to get involved. I love charity and it’s a passion of mine,” he said.

The dinner and auction will be located at the Bonney Lake High School and doors will open at 5:30 p.m, with the event running from 6 to 10 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with DECA club members working as the wait staff.

Tickets are available online for $35, at the door for $45 and there is an option to sponsor a table of eight for $300.