City of Palestine Looking to Raise Money for Local Families in Need at Annual Chili Cook-Off

City of Palestine Looking to Raise Money for Local Families in Need at Annual Chili Cook-Off

PALESTINE- The City of Palestine is hosting the Fourth Annual Chili Cook-off Holiday Benefit on Friday, December 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Palestine Civic Center (1819 Spring St.) to raise money for a local family in need this holiday season.

“This is an opportunity for the City of Palestine to give to its community in a different way,” says Wendy Ellis, economic development director for the City of Palestine. “There are many events we do that help the City and its citizens, but this gives the City a chance to give to our community through other means rather than the services that we already provide. It’s a wonderful experience that we look forward to every year as a staff.”

The cook-off is open to the public and the City invites all the community to come and support a good cause. Admission for the cook-off is $5.00 per person and comes with a raffle ticket for prizes. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5.00. Prizes were donated by the following businesses: Bishop’s Brisket House, Mail & More, Red Hat Rentals, Cream & Coffee, Bratz Tires, Dairy Queen, Pro-cuts, Mazzio’s, Maurice’s, USA Nails, Island Tans, Jamie’s Therapeutic Touch Day Spa, Tractor Supply Company, Fastenal, Snap Fitness, Neel Jewelers, Bealls, Pet Sense, Aaahhsome Salon and Day Spa, Little Ceasars, Cotton Patch, Pizza Hut, Charles E. Dickens Fine Jewelry, City Shoe Shop, L&L Shoe Store, La Quinta, Oil Exchange, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Sherry’s Gifts, Braly’s Hardware Store, City Pawn, Little Mexico Denny’s and Red Fire Grille.

Last year the City of Palestine raised over $1,000 to give to a need family with seven children to help put presents under the Christmas tree. Wal-mart also helped by donating bicycles to the children. “We go through the independent school districts in our area to find the families that need our help,” says Paula Ellis, coordinator of the cook-off for the City of Palestine. “Every year we hope to raise more and more money so we can help more families. The need is always there and we want to encourage our citizens to help each other, and eat good chili.”

There are over ten teams participating, but there is still room for more competitors. There is no fee to enter the competition. There will be three judges for the competition: Anderson County Judge Robert Johnson, Gina Johnson, owner of the Good To Go Taco in Dallas and a surprise judge. The winner will receive dinner for two and bragging right for having the best chili in town.

If you are interested in competing in the cook-off, donating to the cause or getting more information on tickets and the event, contact Paula Ellis with the City of Palestine at 903-731-8423.

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