Fancifull Gift Baskets Partners With Side Street Projects In "Have A Heart" Wine And Chocolate Fundraiser Event

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Evening Gala Provides a Perfect Blend of Chococolate and Wine Tasting Designed to Benefit Wood Working Art Programs for Inner City Kids

Recognizing the widespread appeal of Valentine's Day and chocolate, internationally renowned Fancifull Gift Baskets, ( a well-established artisan of customized gift baskets, today announced that it is teaming up with Alternate Routes, a division of Side Street Projects, ( to help give back to the community and help expand the arts within inner city neighborhoods. By partnering with Alternate Routes, Side Street Projects' creative woodworking program for kids ages 5 to 11, Fancifull Gift Baskets is helping give new meaning to the term 'Have a Heart.'

"This time of year many folks are looking for a meaningful and heartfelt reason to celebrate Valentine's Day," said Terry August, founder and chief creative designer at Fancifull Gift Baskets. "Alternate Routes is an organization I love. You see these children using saws and drills, loving the act of creating, learning responsibility and a skill to boot. Their YouTube video is awe inspiring," she added.

The chocolate and wine tasting fundraiser will take place on Friday, February 6th, at the gourmet store and design studio of Fancifull Gift Baskets, from 6-9 p.m. Located in the heart of Hollywood on Melrose Avenue, steps from Paramount Studios, the fundraiser promises to be a great opportunity to have a heart, give a little and be guaranteed to not walk away hungry. The suggested contribution is $10, with all proceeds benefiting Alternate Routes.

"Angelinos have always had a soft spot for art and children and we are excited to be part of such a worthy cause that is fun and tasty too," noted August. "Where else in LA can you find a chocolate buffet, with an array of wines and artisan foods including gourmet cheeses for less than the price of one glass of wine at a restaurant - and know that you have been part of something bigger than yourself?" She added.

Long recognized as a beacon of community support and good will causes, Fancifull Gift Baskets is a fixture in the Melrose section of Los Angeles where it has established itself as the go-to-place for unique, personalized gifts and one-of-a kind gourmet gift baskets for every occasion.

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About Alternate Routes/Side Street Projects
Founded in 1992 by Karen Atkinson and Joe Luttrell, Side Street Projects is an artist-run organization that helps visual artists negotiate the baffling terrain of the contemporary art world. The firm's mission is to give artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavors. Simply put: Side Street Projects help artists with a wide array of unusual programs and practical services enabling artists to roll up their sleeves and do things themselves. These values of self-reliance, sustainability, and survival permeate all aspects of Side Street programs and facilities.

Alternate Routes is Side Street Projects' creative woodworking program for kids age 5 to 11. Since 1997, the organization has brought the lost art of woodworking to literally thousands of children throughout LA County. Alternate Routes' goal is to teach children how to use tools safely, effectively and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance. Classes are held in brightly colored mobile classrooms: renovated transit buses that house 10 woodworking stations custom made for children. Each station is equipped with hand tools, adjustable workbenches, supplies and materials: everything needed to create a multitude of woodworking projects.

More information about the company can be found at: For a look at the Alternate Routes project visit:

About Fancifull Gift Baskets
Founded in 1987, Fancifull Gift Baskets with headquarters Hollywood, California, is an internationally recognized gift company whose commitment to quality, beauty and service has made them the premiere gift basket company in Hollywood. Offering the best selection of hand-crafted gift designs including distinctive corporate gift baskets, gourmet food gift baskets, spa gift baskets as well as personal gifts for friends and family, Fancifull Gift Baskets has innovative and unique ideas designed to suit a host of budgets and tastes, each backed with the personal detail that makes each gift special.

To date, Fancifull Gift Baskets has created gift baskets for more than 500 movies and television shows. Additionally, the company has designed one of a kind gifts and baskets for a host of major entities including the Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards among others. Their shop and studio are located at 5617 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038.

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