Jones Family cookoff raises $30,000 for Essex County Heroes

 

 

An invitation-only cookoff has once again raised big bucks for the Essex County Heroes athletic club.

The Jones Family cookoff, held at the home of Terry and Lisa Jones, raised $30,000 for the Heroes Saturday night. It featured teams creating their own menus with the the food cooked on an open fire then served to the crowd of well over 100 at the dinner.

The friendly competition was judged by those in attendance with the winner getting bragging rights among Jones friends and business associates.

The event is done in conjunction with celebrating Mackie Jones’ birthday, with Mackie being the 19-year-old daughter of Terry and Lisa.

Lana Cremasco, Rae Ann Copat, Mary Pacanins and Lisa Hearn get into the spirit of things at last Saturday’s Jones cookoff.

Lana Cremasco, Rae Ann Copat, Mary Pacanins and Lisa Hearn get into the spirit of things at last Saturday’s Jones cookoff.

“Every year I share my birthday. We bring the community together to raise money,” said Mackie.

Mackie added friends and family get together and have fun cooking for a good cause.

Mark Vanderbeck said he is one of the many who enjoy getting involved.

“The kids deserve everything they get,” said Vanderbeck.

Vanderbeck and John Vitella helped build a homemade pizza oven specifically for the event. Others hired belly dancers, made banners and dressed in costume to make the event more enjoyable.

“It’s so much fun. We think about it all year long. It’s a year-long process,” said Vanderbeck.

Michelle Jones-Rousseau, co-founder of the Heroes, said her brother and sister-in-law’s event supports what they do and people look forward to it.

The Essex County Heroes is supported by the Amherstburg Police Service and Community Living Essex County.

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