The 8th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off
Preparations are underway for the 8th annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off, and organizers are looking for sponsors and chili cooker contestants. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (St. Patrick’s Day) at The Hyatt Regency in Valencia.
Forty chili cooker entrants will share their favorite chili recipes for a chance to be crowned a winner. The fee to enter the chili contest is $125. Prizes will be awarded to the top three chili’s People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice categories.
Each year event proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization. Funds raised through the 2020 cook-off will go to FeedSCV. FeedSCV was founded in 2015, but had its roots planted well before that. Local foodies, after coming together through social media, decided to put their collective efforts towards helping others. After organizing several events benefitting local non-profits, co-founders Scott Ervin and Todd Wilson recognized that there was a need that others weren’t meeting and started FeedSCV to fill that hole.
The proceeds raised will help with the weekend backpack program, “Ready To Learn.” The program currently serves The Newhall School District. It provides meals for kids identified as “in need” by the district’s social services, some, classified as homeless. That can include kids staying with relatives (couch-surfing) or living with parents in cars or RVs, or similar circumstances.
Each Friday, the kids get to take home a backpack filled with “shelf-stable” single-serving meals for the weekend: Three meals per day and a few snacks as well. Volunteers acquire the food, stuff the backpacks, and deliver them to the schools each week. Currently, the program is nearing capacity and the additional funds will allow increased capacity both in terms of food, and access to a larger assembly site.
Attendees of the cookoff will get to taste 40 chili varieties, vote for their favorite in the “people’s choice” portion of the contest, enjoy live entertainment, dancing, cash bar, silent and live auctions and a 50/50 opportunity drawing.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and general admission is $25 online until February 14. After February 14, tickets will be $30. A limited number of advance-purchase VIP tickets are available for $65, which includes early entry at 5:30, one drink ticket, VIP area access, VIP parking, swag bag, souvenir glass and VIP hors d’oeuvres.
Sponsors to date include Schlick Art, Hyatt Regency, 24/7 Events, J & M Entertainment, Santa Clarita Magazine, Event Staffing, Skycrest Signs, KHTS Radio, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Loan Depot, Finance of America, Logix Federal Credit Union, Christy Smith, Nellies Skillet, Scorpion internet marketing, Rings of Smiles Photo booth, A1 Party, SCV/TV.
To become a sponsor or donor, register as a Chili chef or purchase tickets, visit www.scvcharitychilicookoff.com or call Nicole at 661-816-4234 or Steve at 310-800-3064.
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