The Children’s Museum of the Upstate sweetly invites you to…

The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000

2014 Thursday March 20th, 6:30PM, The Poinsett Club

Black Tie Optional, Purple Preferred

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The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000

About Us

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate sparks a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. In just four years, TCMU has grown into one of the Upstate's premier destinations, attracting over 500,000 children and their families from across the region by providing a unique learning experience through interactive exhibits and educational programming. Conveniently located in downtown Greenville, visitors experience 18 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. At 80,000 square feet, TCMU is the 7th largest children's museum in the country, the 10th largest in the world.

2014 Chocolate Soiree Committee:

  • Tammy Phillips - Chairman
  • Elizabeth Chambers
  • Danielle Doll
  • Elizabeth Gaines
  • Leigh Heidtman
  • Katie Howell
  • Amy Hunter
  • Nela Laughridge
  • Annie Maertens
  • Amie Owens
  • Carrie Scott
  • Lee Segrest

Contact & Social Information

For information regarding The Chocolate Soiree Sponsorships and Event Details please contact:

Diana Berti,
Director of Development

If you would like more information on our museum, please visit

The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000

Participating Chefs

We are excited to feature some of the top local chefs at this year’s Chocolate Soiree. Each chef will display their talent in creating delicious chocolate desserts featuring a secret ingredient, which is an added twist to this year! The competition will be judged by our guests using voting ballots that will be handed out at the beginning of the evening. Chefs will be judged based on two categories: Best Tasting Dessert and Most Creative Use of Special Ingredient.

  • Peter Collins

    Chef 360 Catering


  • Anna Goad

    Krumms on the Plate


  • Glenn Sawicki

    Saffron’s Westend Café


  • Tobin Simpson

    Project Host


  • Aubrey Stevenson

    Coffee to a Tea


  • Curtis Wolf

    Westin Poinsett Hotel


  • Stacie Amesbury

    Table 301


  • Makesha Duncan

    Night Owl Chocolate


  • Shane Clary

    Good Life Catering


The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000


There is more than just chocolate at this year’s Soiree. Guests will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes, including travel packages, culinary experiences and more.

  • Live auction

    The live auction will feature travel and sporting packages, experiences with our competing chefs, and much more. In addition, guests can purchase a little piece of immortality by naming one of the NEW “Sweet Seats” benches for the museum, all customized by local artists. All proceeds from the live auction support The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

  • Tombola Wall

    After a popular debut in 2013, The Tombola Wall is back! Purchase a ticket for $100 and have the opportunity to pick a prize from the Wall – you may win incredible items such as Museum memberships, restaurant packages and even roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines!

The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000

Purchase Tickets

Your Soiree Patron Package provides much needed financial support to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.
Thank you!

Soiree Patron Packages:

  • Chocolate Mousse Sponsor

    Includes 6 Soiree Tickets, Listing during The Chocolate Soiree, Listing in Soiree Thank You Ad, and Listing on Also includes Listing in TCMU Annual Report and Listing in Museum Donor Signage.

  • Truffle Patron

    Includes 4 Soiree Tickets, Listing in Soiree Thank You Ad, and Listing during The Chocolate Soiree. Also includes Listing in TCMU Annual Report.

  • Kiss Patron

    Includes 2 Soiree Tickets, and Listing during The Chocolate Soiree. Also includes Listing in TCMU Annual Report.

  • Morsel Patron

    Includes 2 Soiree Tickets, and Listing during The Chocolate Soiree.

  • Individual Soiree Ticket

The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000


The 14th Annual Chocolate Soiree is the signature community and fundraising event supporting The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Historically, 500 patrons attend the Soiree, and dozens of local businesses lend their support. Soiree sponsors receive prominent recognition from more than 3,000 invited guests as well as 7,500 members and friends of the Museum and the tens of thousands of readers and listeners of our media partners.

Event Sponsor

Jean T. and Heyward G. Pelham Foundation

Grand Entrance Sponsor

Tombola Wall Sponsor

Chocolate Mousse Patrons

Elliott Davis, LLC
Dr. Glenn R. Head, Eastside Pediatric Dentistry
Tim McKinney, McKinney Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Adele and Gary Seymore

Event Partners

Audio Solutions Inc.
Branch Concepts
Ernest Rawlins Photography
Kiwanis of the Carolina
Up To Eleven Events

Media Partners

B93.7-FM – Entercom
Magic 98.9-FM – Entercom
The Greenville News
TALK Greenville

The Chocolate Soiree - Est. 2000

About Sweet Seats:

Photo: Sweet Seats

To foster arts appreciation and provide additional seating in the Children’s Museum, we are pleased to announce the second year of our public art project, Sweet Seats. The program invites up to 10 local professional or amateur artists to embellish handcrafted wooden benches constructed by Kiwanis of the Carolinas, which will be placed throughout the museum for one year. These imaginative, kid and family-friendly designs reflect our 18 permanent exhibits through theme and design. The benches will provide needed respite and wonderful art work created by local artisans for our 100,000 annual visitors to enjoy.

You can own a small piece of the Children’s Museum by bidding on a “Sweet Seat” during the Chocolate Soiree. Ten benches will be auctioned off for naming rights to be used in the Museum for a year. After a year of service, bench sponsors are invited to donate their bench to the school, community center, church or park of their choosing.

Many Thanks to our Participating Artists:

  • Joanne Reed
  • Doris Turner
  • Erika DeRoberts
  • Samantha Bell
  • Lee Dillingham
  • Debbie Morrison
  • Nannette Turnberg
  • Jenifer Guthrie
  • Jennifer Guy
  • Christina Drotor