Charity Chili Cookoff finishes with “Hero”-ic finish

 

By Ron Giofu

The 20th annual Charity Chili Cookoff at the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall saw a result fit for a hero.

An Amherstburg Hero, that is.

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club took top spot out of the nine entrants at Saturday night’s event. The Heroes are a program which helps allow those with an intellectual disability to be active in such things as

Sandra Paisley (right) stirs up the Community Living Essex County (Channel) entrant as Gerald Lemire prepares to serve. It finished as the third best chili of the evening, according to the five-judge panel.

Sandra Paisley (right) stirs up the Community Living Essex County (Channel) entrant as Gerald Lemire prepares to serve. It finished as the third best chili of the evening, according to the five-judge panel.

basketball and other activities and is jointly supported by Community Living Essex County and the Amherstburg Police Service.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg took second place while Community Living Essex County’s Channel Resource Centre came third.

Final dollar amounts of what each winning charity received was not immediately available but Amherstburg Heroes will receive 50% of the overall purse with Miracle League winning 30% and Community Living Essex County 20%.

Amherstburg Community Services won the People’s Choice Award.

Other entrants included Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus, the K of C Ladies Auxiliary, and Cindy London. The latter participated with her charity of choice being Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program.

Cookoff organizer Mike Specht said the concept of the event has remained relatively unchanged throughout the years.

“Everything goes to charity,” he said.

Upwards of 160 people were estimated to attend with approximately

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club celebrate their first place finish at the Charity Chili Cookoff Saturday night after receiving the plaque from organizer Mike Specht. The event celebrated its 20th year this year.

The Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club celebrate their first place finish at the Charity Chili Cookoff Saturday night after receiving the plaque from organizer Mike Specht. The event celebrated its 20th year this year.

26 door prizes up for grabs. Judges included police chief Tim Berthiaume, Councillor Bart DiPasquale, parish council member Anita Gibb, Ladies Auxiliary president Mary Jane Murphy and K of C chef Bill Gyori.

Specht said the event is a fun night and a way to get people out to have a good time. He said there have been many activities like that at the Amherstburg K of C Hall lately.

“It’s been great,” he said.

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