Annual Hospice Chili Bowl Slated for Sept. 20

Executive Order for Fun – In celebration of the 2012 Clearfield Hospital Hospice Chili Bowl, scheduled for Sept. 20, Presidents Barack Obama, George Washington, George H.W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy gathered recently to encourage all citizens to support the annual fund raiser. This year’s theme is “Hail to the Chief.” The presidents were portrayed by Greg Parks, Pat Domico, Mike Butler, Terry Trinidad and Burton Maines. (Photo provided by Amy Duke)

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Hospital Hospice invites you to cast your vote for your favorite president during the annual Chili Bowl, scheduled for Sept. 20 from 5-9 p.m. at the Clearfield Driving Park Expo II Building.

“Hail to the Chief” is the theme for the 15th annual Chili Bowl. The planning committee is now accepting entries for the competition, as well as themed-basket donations that will be chanced off. Individuals, restaurants, churches, physicians, community organizations and businesses are invited to participate. Participants are encouraged to decorate their booth and/or dress in accordance with the theme.

All Chili Bowl proceeds benefit the hospice program by covering expenses that are not covered by insurance. Monies are used to help alleviate burdens from hospice patients and families in need who are facing end-of-life issues.

Money raised also supports the bereavement program and the annual grief camp for children and teens. These are free services offered to anyone in the community.

For those not familiar with the Chili Bowl, here’s how it works: Chili entries are accepted in four categories, which are Open, Restaurant, Church and Physician. Entry fee is only $25.

The judges determine winners in each category based on flavor, aftertaste, consistency, aroma and visual appeal.

Another panel of judges walks around the event. These judges determine Spirit Award winners, based on participation and enthusiasm, while another panel of judges determines the Most Artistic, with judging based on presentation of the booths.

The Humanitarian Award is another chance for entrants to shine. Each entrant has a mason jar placed on the entrant’s table. Attendees may make a voluntary donation to help choose the chili entry that wins this award. Money may also be collected prior to the event for the Humanitarian Award.

In addition to the chili competition, themed-baskets are raffled off during the night. These baskets, containing a cornucopia of items ranging from gift certificates, clothing, household wares, etc., are donated by individuals, businesses and Clearfield Hospital departments. The deadline for baskets to be turned in is Aug. 13.

The baskets will be on display in the Clearfield Hospital lobby Aug 13 – 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 27 – Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sept. 10-14 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The baskets will also be at the DuBois Mall from Aug. 23 – 26.

People may purchase chances on the baskets during those exhibitions as well as the evening of the Chili Bowl.

Other activities will include music by the band Live Bait. There will also be children’s activities. Volunteers will be selling 50/50 chances and other raffle tickets.

While chili tasting is the main feature, other food items will be sold, including hot dogs, chips and drinks. Dave and Amy Duke of Clearfield will have their ice cream truck at the event. Proceeds from food and ice cream sales benefit hospice.

Clearfield Hospice provides personal care and support for terminally ill persons and their families. It serves residents ofClearfield, Centre and Jefferson counties and portions of Indiana and Cambria counties.

For registration information, please contact Dana Wilson, volunteer and event coordinator, at 768-2012, or by e-mail at dwilson@clearfieldhosp.org.Wilson is also seeking event sponsors and donations.

More information may also be obtained at the hospice booth inside the Expo I Building during fair week, July 30 – Aug. 4.

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