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National Candy Month is #AlwaysATreat

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For the second consecutive year, FamousDC and the National Confectioners Association brought together the biggest names in politics, media and influence — from Capitol Hill to K Street — for an evening celebrating #NationalCandyMonth. Guests gathered at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar just steps from the Capitol dome to enjoy lively conversations, handcrafted cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and of course, candy. 

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National Candy Month is a time to celebrate the sweeter side of life and reflect on a classic American manufacturing success story that includes strong leadership from America’s leading chocolate and candy companies when it comes to helping people manage their sugar intake,” Chris Gindlesperger, VP of Public Affairs & Communications at the National Confectioners Association, said.

And what a perfectly timed event! Just last month, five global chocolate and candy companies announced that they are coming together with the Partnership for a Healthier America to provide consumers with information, options, and support as they enjoy their favorite treats. The companies include Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, and Ferrara Candy Company. Check out all the information on this Real Commitment at AlwaysATreat.com.

Last night we learned that many of America’s candy companies have been family-owned for generations. Chocolate and candy companies provide 55,000 American manufacturing jobs, creating a direct economic impact of $35 billion. And for every one job that the industry creates in manufacturing, another seven are supported in related fields, including retail, agriculture, and shipping – totaling 465,000 jobs that rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood.

Many were overheard proclaiming the function to be their all-time favorite…until next year!

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Famously Spotted: Keith Nahigian, Anna Stallman, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Liz Clark, Michael Steel, Tony Fratto, Hallie Williams, John Haley, Alicyn York, Megan Whittmore, Hayden Hayes, Jeremy Marcus, Tara Oursler, Brooks Nelson, Emily Sweda, Cory Maran, Bryan Petrich, Kyle Huwa, Nick Steingart, Cooper Reves, Stami Williams, Natalie Raps, Brad Bosserman, Lisa Leonard, Amos Snead, Alyson Chwatek, Jessica Cahill, Taylor Holgate, David Russell, Shawn Pasternak, Noelle Clemente, Brian Donahue, Katie Boyd, Daniel Tidwell, Elizabeth Connolly, Ainsley Holyfield, Jennifer Kay, Erin Perrine, Courtney Alexander, Rachel Harris, Ben Jenkins, Paige Gress, Andrew Kovalcin, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger