Every year the community rallies for the tastes, sounds and sights of the SCV Charity Chili Cook-off. It’s an added bonus that a couple of nonprofits get a boost.
Event founder Nicole Stinson created the event seven years ago. Last year it was held at the Wolf Creek Brewery and this year the fundraiser will be held at the Oaks Club of Valencia, located at 26550 Heritage View Lane.
“It’s on a weeknight after work – it’s a fun networking experience that includes family members, spouses and children,” Stinson said. “The event caters fun for all!”
The SCV Charity Chili Cook-off competition will be held on March 21 at 6:00 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the Best 3 Chilis, People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice categories, and Best Decorated Booth.
Besides sampling the tastes of 40-plus chili dishes made by local residents, there will be live entertainment. Music will be provided by Gruven Tom & Jerry Danielsen and DJ Silvertunes Entertainment. There will be dancing, a silent auction, a photo booth and a 50/50 opportunity drawing as well. A “Kids Korner” will give younger guests some fun, and all ages can enjoy the Lucy Pet Surf Wave Machine, which showcases dogs surfing the waves.
“Every year the SCV Charity Chili Cook-off gets bigger and more popular,” said event co-chair Steve Portaro. “This year we’re hoping to make a significant contribution to both animal rescues.”
The Chili Cook-off will benefit the Shelter Hope Pet Shop and St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary/Lange Foundation, both nonprofits that find homes for unwanted animals. Both charities will have rescues up for adoption, and participants can start the adoption process during the event.
“We received hundreds of nomination requests for many charities this year, but a majority of them were for animal rescues,” Stinson said. “We went out and interviewed them and chose these two deserving charities.”
General admission tickets cost $30. VIP tickets, which come with early entry at 5:30 p.m., preferred parking, a drink ticket, souvenir glass, swag bag and hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Salt Creek Grill and Wolf Creek Restaurant, are available only online in advance, and cost $65.
Tickets can be purchased at scvcharitychilicookoff.com.
For more information, follow SCV Charity Chili Cook-off on Facebook, or call Stinson at 661-816-4234 or Portaro at 310-800-3064.