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Handmade chocolate truffles help support activist moms

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Adriana Pevec Brown, Amanda Brooke and Kathryn Diamond Camp of Carbondale are mothers of young children. Their oldest babies were all newborns in the early days of the war in Iraq. They discussed politics at the park, the pool, and play dates with opinions and concerns ranging from the shortcomings of then-President Bush’s education plan to childhood poverty closer to home in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The mothers felt the need to make a difference, and were inspired by a Boulder-based national organization called Mothers Acting Up. They contacted Juliana Forbes, one of MAU’s founders who happens to have roots in the Roaring Fork Valley, and planned a Mom’s Night Out.

At the sold-out event at the Thunder River Theatre in September 2006, they asked for feedback about local issues affecting children. A long list of important topics was compiled. They didn’t know where to begin, but they needed seed money, and the idea of selling handmade organic chocolate truffles for Valentine’s Day was formed. This is the second year the moms are handmaking the truffles.

The group of women found themselves looking for ways to help with the Obama campaign, and found their purpose. They organized child care in one of their homes to staff a voter registration table at the Farmers Market in downtown Carbondale.

They used their truffle money to serve a dual need ” some mothers were enabled to get involved, and brought others into the political process by registering them to vote. Throughout the campaign, they found ways to support mothers who wanted to volunteer.

Their support of Obama was an important theme.

“And, feeling we wanted to give women an artful way to express their views, we created a ‘Mamas for Obama’ T-shirt to sell as a fundraising effort for the campaign,” Camp said.

The central goal behind these projects was to enable mothers to engage politically. Sopris Mothers Acting Up hopes to continue support of political activism and hopes to bring this support to a larger number of mothers while keeping their scope manageable. Mothers wishing to join an e-mail list about opportunities to take political action may e-mail kat@sopris.net.

Camp continued, “Our truffle sale is now almost a tradition. A group of us gathered last Saturday night at St. Peter’s of the Valley in Basalt to make the truffles in their commercial kitchen, and it was a long, fun night of conversation, laughter, take-out Chinese food, wine, and of course, chocolate.”

New flavors this year are lavender-infused dark chocolate, ginger-spiced cocoa, and rose-scented white chocolate, packaged with traditional dark chocolate, almond-crusted, and cocoa flavors. All are made with 100 percent organic ingredients, and the chocolate is also fair-trade.

If you are among the 65 orders already taken as of Thursday and are anticipating needing more, Sopris Mothers Acting Up is considering making more truffles at different times of the year, but hasn’t definitely committed to that as yet.

There are a few truffle orders available. To order your mouth-watering truffles and support Sopris Mothers Acting Up, call 963-6085.

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