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February 19, 2012 - MaxFund Hosts 18th Annual Chili Cookoff

What: Fundraiser for MaxFund

Where: Celtic Tavern / Delany's

When: Sunday, February 19, 2012

Time: 1-3:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $30 to enter a chili

Founders: Dr. Bill and Nanci Suro

Staff: Paulette Curry, office manager; Heidi Hahn, director, medical services clinic

Menu: Red, green vegetarian and celebrity chef chili

Attire: casual

Information: www.maxfund.org

Board of Directors: Elizabeth Grice – President; Bill Suro – Vice President; Phyllis Eveleigh – Secretary; Jan Eckhardt, Simon Melser, Jen Lane, Julie Faux

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress


 Cooking up some great 'Puppy's Breath' chili: Emerson Munn, left, Joel Spicola, Avery Munn, Zoe Spicola and Stella Spicola
Cooking up some great 'Puppy's Breath' chili: Emerson Munn, left, Joel Spicola, Avery Munn, Zoe Spicola and Stella Spicola

Armed with spoons, plastic cups and beer, supporters en masse came out Sunday to taste some awesome chili, laugh with friends and support the efforts of MaxFund animal adoption center.

Patrick Schaetzle kindly offered his Celtic Tavern/Delany's restaurant exclusively for this event, where patrons were able to sample some unique spice and ingredient combinations as individuals and restaurants vied for the coveted votes for favorite chili. Volunteers greeted guests outside, along with some four-legged friends that warmed their way into your heart instantly.

Ultimately, the winners of the competition were:

  • Red: Puppy's Breath
  • Green: Shanahan's
  • Veggie: Raw Vegan
  • Celebrity: Vesta Dipping Grill
  • Overall best chili: Vesta Dipping Grill

Dr. Bill and Nancy Suro, the patron saints of the animal rescue world, began their altruistic efforts on behalf of injured and homeless animals in 1988. It began with a small rescue operation but the Suros and others like them couldn't say no to these wonderful creatures who deserved a second chance. The project has now grown to a full fledged animal adoption and care center, with a mobile trailer and truck to go to rural areas to offer care.

If dogs and cats could say "thank you," they would give a heartfelt extra wag for MaxFund. Log on to www.maxfund.org to find out how you can adopt a pet, volunteer, or support these efforts any way you can.

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