FULL OF BEANS: St. Matthew’s Church holds its first Chili Fundraiser


CORNWALL, On­tario - The first Chili Fundraiser was held on Satur­day, April 14 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Cornwall. The event in­volved a chili com­pe­ti­tion, fol­lowed by a shared meal by or­ga­niz­ers, chefs, and at­ten­dees alike.

Or­ga­nized and co­or­di­nated by Hellen Mccal­lum, all funds from tick­ets sold for the event will go to Hos­pice Cornwall. Mccal­lum says or­ga­ni­za­tion of the event be­gan in Jan­uary. Plans arose when fel­low co­or­di­na­tor, Iris Sw­erd­feger, com­bined the idea of a fundraiser for Hos­pice with a chili com­pe­ti­tion al­ready sched­uled by Rita Witt of the same parish. Mccal­lum also claims that, along with rais­ing funds for Hos­pice, many vol­un­teers are both fel­low parish­ioners and mem­bers of the Swing­ing B’s squaredance club. She hopes that the event of­fers a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for those with­out a home parish who may be con­sid­er­ing join­ing the church, as well as to spark an in­ter­est in square- danc­ing and join­ing the square-danc­ing com­mu­nity.

The con­test in­volved 27 chilis by a va­ri­ety of chefs, in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian, mild, medium, spicy, as well as chili by lo­cal pro­fes­sional chefs – all of which were judged by 12 judges.

The or­ga­niz­ers and vol­un­teers are de­lighted with the out­come, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the stormy weather, and hope to hold an­other chili din­ner next year and make it a tra­di­tion. They are happy to of­fer a place for the com­mu­nity to gather over good food, and the op­por­tu­nity to sup­ply funds to a good cause in the process.

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