Get Fired Up for Third Annual Chili Bowl

If you like to be fed at fundraisers and have a taste for fiery foods, then you should mark your calendar for the third annual Chili Bowl on Oct. 18.

The event is hosted by workers at the Department of Environmental Services and benefits Operation Santa Claus. It’s set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 18 and will take place in the Atrium at the DES, 29 Hazen Drive in Concord.

If you like chili, event organizer Anne Keach said the event is a great deal.

“It’s a $5 lunch, is what it boils down to,” said Keach, an SEA member and administrative supervisor for the DES Air Resources Division.

For a minimum donation of $5, you get to enjoy beef, poultry and vegetarian chili offerings. You must bring your own bowl and spoon, but the fixings — including corn bread and corn chips — are included.

If you like making chili even more than you like eating it, you can enter yours in the competition. There’s no fee to enter, and no limit on the amount of contestants. There will be awards for the best beef chili, the best poultry chili and the best veggie chili. If you’d like to enter, you’ll need to contact Keach at 271-1386 or Tim Drew at 271-3306.

All proceeds from the Chili Bowl go to support Operation Santa Claus. “Our goal is to support 70 children this year,” Keach said.

But it’s not just about supporting Operation Santa Claus, Keach said.

“It’s about inter-agency collaboration, as well,” she said. “It’s a nice way for different agencies to get together, have lunch and talk like we should.”

All agencies are welcome to attend or participate, Keach said. In fact, a DOT entry won the beef category last year.

Keach said organizers for the Chili Bowl also include SEA members Valerie David, Sharon Crane and Melanie Doiron.

Are you organizing a fundraiser for Operation Santa Claus? Be sure to let us know by emailing atoland@seiu1984.org and we’ll be sure to promote it for you.

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