Thousands of guests attended the Chili Cook-off which is now in its 33rd year. Twenty-nine teams from the local community competed with the “Superheroes & Villains” theme for awards based on chili, team spirit and fundraising. HCA Lawnwood Regional Medical Center/St. Lucie Medical Center came in 1st Place for fundraising with $7,751 and also won the overall Challenge Trophy. The 1st Place Jim Lamb Memorial Award for best Chili was awarded to Fort Pierce Westwood FFA, 2nd Place went to St. Lucie Mets and in 3rd Place All In Fun. “We congratulate the winning teams but most importantly we thank everyone who participated in the event, including teams, volunteers, board members, staff, sponsors and the community at large. Everyone’s involvement is helping to open the door to GREAT FUTURES for over 3,000 kids in St. Lucie County,” said Michael A. Sancho, Chief Executive Officer.
The Cook-off’s entertainment included Chili eating contest, dance performances by the Wild Roses dance team and everyone’s favorite Little Miss Pepper and Mr. Pee Wee talent shows. Families enjoyed the Boys & Girls Club Kid Zone sponsored by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.
Chili Cook-off co-chairs, Clarice Touhey and Charlie Cangianelli said, “The event could not happen without the support of our sponsors including PNC Bank, Treasure Coast Ear, Nose & Throat, St. Lucie County Firefighters Benevolent, Port St. Lucie Police, St. Lucie Mets, Publix Supermarket Charities, Southern Eagle Distributing, St. Lucie Draft House, Cotton & Company, FPUA, Motorolla Solutions, Vero Insurance, Applebee’s, Santa Lucia River Club, Seacoast Bank, Center State Bank, Sweet Life Realty, DiBartolomeo, McBee, Hartley & Barnes, John Jacobs Construction, Alonzo Law Firm, St. Lucie County Fair, Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520, Ryde’s Transport, A Touch of Brooklyn, Wild Roses, Traxx Entertainment , Aztec Graphix & All In Fun. On behalf of the board of directors, thank you for sponsoring the 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off.”
Reserve your team for next year’s cook-off today, and pick from the “Academy Awards Winning Best Picture” theme. For more information or to get involved, please visit https://bgcofslc.org/chili-cook/ or call (772) 460-9918.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with a world class Boys & Girls Club experience, assuring that success is within reach for every young person who walks through our doors, and that every Club member graduates high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living healthy lifestyles. The Club enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
With sixteen locations throughout the county, the Boys & Girls Clubs programs serve a diverse group of kids age 5-18. The 3,000 members come from a variety of backgrounds. For Chili Cook-off information, to reserve a booth, or become a sponsor contact the Club at (772)460-9918, or visit www.bgcofslc.org