A Santa Clarita charity fundraiser chili cook off is scheduled for March, event organizers said Wednesday.
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A committee of Santa Clarita real estate and business professional affiliates are supporting several local nonprofits, as well as a national charity, with the second annual event.
For $5, attendees will get to taste each of the 44 chilis entered in the cook off, said Nicole Stinson of Estate Realty Group, one of the cook off’s creators.
This year’s charities include Circle of Hope Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Help Philippine Kids, Hardship 2 Hope and the SCV Child & Family Center.
Chili cookers are competing for first-, second- and third-place trophies, prizes, and “bragging rights,” Stinson said.
Family-friendly entertainment for the night will include a live band, DJ, photo booth with props, 30 auction prizes and a contest presented by Wolf Creek Brewing, Salt Creek Grille and Newhall Refinery that allows attendees to taste and nominate a name for each restaurant’s chili.
The winning names selected by the restaurants will be featured as specials on their menus for one week.
Whitening Lightning, a home teeth-whitening product, is title sponsor of the event.
An estimated 400 people attended the cook off last year, raising about $7,000 for nonprofits, but this year’s cook off is expected to bring in much larger numbers, Stinson said.
“We’ve already doubled that ($7,000 total), and we’re not even to the day of the event yet,” said Stinson. “We started getting sponsors August of last year. Last year, we had 32 chili cookers, and, this year, we planned on 30, increased it to 44, and have a waitlist of six people because we can’t fit any more. We’ve almost outgrown the Hyatt and we’re not even there, yet.”
The second annual Chili Cook off is scheduled Wednesday March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, located at 24500 Town Center Drive in Valencia and a minimum $5 donation per person is requested.
More information about the cook off can be found on the event’s website.
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