Weekend: It’s about to get chili

Cancer Patient Services is holding its 16th annual Chili Cook Off to benefit local cancer patients on Feb. 22 from 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Findlay’s Koehler Center.
The event will feature 30 different teams, each offering their own special chili recipe. In addition to the chili, beverages will be provided by Coca-Cola and ice cream by Cold Stone Creamery. Tickets are $7 for adults; $4 for children 6-12 years old, and under 5 is free. Individuals attending the University of Findlay men’s and women’s basketball games will receive free entrance to the Chili Cook Off with the purchase of the basketball ticket.
Chili Cook Off tickets may be purchased at the Cancer Patient Services office, both Hancock Federal Credit Union locations, and at the door.
Each team will be vying for best chili in several categories: UF Student Athletes, Celebrity Judges, and the People’s Choice Award. Each purchased ticket will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite chili. First-, second- and third-place awards are given in each category. In addition, teams will be judged on the best-decorated booth and most money raised for the Kim Popenberg Spirit Award.
During the event, a live and silent auction will be held. Items in the auction include a week’s stay at a house on Lake Erie just outside of Port Clinton, a flat-screen TV, an iPad, a matching set of recliners, a handcrafted hope chest, and other items. There will be a raffle for children where they could win one of two bikes.
“We are anticipating that this will be our most successful Chili Cook Off to date. We have added 500 seats this year and now have room for 1,400 people,” said Carol Metzger, CEO of Cancer Patient Services. “The committee for this year’s event has worked very hard and pulled out all the stops for this year’s event. This event continues to grow over its 16 years and we are excited to see its continued growth. Proceeds from this event help to fund the programs of Cancer Patient Services, including financial, physical, educational and emotional services for cancer patients that live or work in Hancock County.
“In 2013, we added a new program, patient guide. We are pleased to have a full-time patient guide to work with clients that have the most acute needs. Our goal is to bring balance and peace to those individuals who have received the devastating diagnosis of cancer.”
For additional information contact Cancer Patient Services at 419-423-0286.

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