Chili contest to ben­e­fit CASA

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

It’s time to find out who makes the best chili in Sa­line County dur­ing the CASA of Sa­line County Chili for Chil­dren event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues­day at the Ben­ton Event Cen­ter.

CASA is Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s di­rec­tor Pete We­ber said this is a ma­jor fundraiser for the ad­vo­cacy group.

“(CASA) en­sures that a child who is in the fos­ter care sys­tem due to abuse or ne­glect has a voice and some­one to look out for the best in­ter­ests of the the child,” We­ber said.

He is ex­cited for this year’s Chili for Chil­dren event. So far, 11 teams have signed up

to com­pete. CASA is still ac­cept­ing more teams to join the event. Teams that sign up will need to bring their chili, la­dle, power strip and ex­ten­sion cord, plus their booth dec­o­ra­tions and any­thing they might plan to serve with the chili. The cost to en­ter a chili is $50.

To sign up for a booth, in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions can visit www.salinecoun­ty­casa.org or email We­ber at di­rec­[email protected]­ty­casa.org.

CASA will pro­vide wa­ter and the typ­i­cal top­pings for chili such as sour cream and cheese.

Along with the chili, CASA will have a silent auc­tion fea­tur­ing desserts and other items to bid on in­clud­ing a two-night stay in Cedar­wood Lodge, a stay at Moun­tain Har­bor Re­sort, cos­tume jewelry, a Scentsy bas­ket and gift cards to lo­cal busi­nesses.

Two snow cone ven­dors are sched­uled to be set up out­side of the venue sell­ing their frozen treats.

This year CASA added a bounce house for the chil­dren who at­tend, plus there will be hot dogs for any chil­dren who don’t like chili.

We­ber said these changes, plus mov­ing it to be­fore school starts, were in an ef­fort to make Chili for Chil­dren a more child­friendly event for whole fam­i­lies to en­joy.

The competitor­s will be teams from lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions. They will com­pete for

Best Chili, Best Booth and Most Pop­u­lar Chili. Best Chili will be de­ter­mined by a team of three lo­cal celebrity judges. Most Pop­u­lar will be de­cided by vot­ers putting money in teams jars.

We­ber said any ad­di­tional awards de­pend on who takes part in the event.

Din­ers will be able to sam­ple the var­i­ous chilis and get a bowl to go back for more of their fa­vorites.

We­ber said Chili for Chil­dren is a great event for a great cause.

“There is noth­ing more im­por­tant we can do than make sure chil­dren have a voice and fu­ture and a pos­i­tive lov­ing home,” he said.

This year’s spon­sors for Chili for Chil­dren are Camp Ozark, Riggs CAT, Fiser Devel­op­ment/ Olde Salem Town­ship, Ward Team Re­al­ity,

Fin­ley Phar­macy, West Side Phar­macy, Ja­cor Con­struc­tion, Hur­ri­cane Creek Fed­eral Credit Union, Al­coa Com­mu­nity Fed­eral Credit Union, Sky­lark Manor, Sum­mit Com­mu­nity Club and Ki­wa­nis Club of Sa­line County.

Tick­ets are $10 each and can be bought at the door. Chil­dren age 12 and younger get in free.

To learn more about CASA of Sa­line County and the work its ad­vo­cates do, visit www.salinecoun­ty­casa.org.

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