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Cooking chili for childrens charity
North Hall Park hosts inaugural event featuring food competition
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North Hall Park and Community Center is hosting its first Chili Cook-off from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, an event they hope to hold annually in the future.

The competition will benefit Challenged Child and Friends Inc., a local nonprofit that helps children with developmental disabilities and delays.

Children can enjoy inflatable bounce houses while the adults enjoy food, drinks and, of course, chili.

Local band Soundmynd will play classic and modern rock, blues and original material as well.

“We’re going to do our charitable work,” said Al List, branch manager of the North Hall Technology Center and member of the band. “It’s just going to be a good family-fun thing.”

To participate in the tasting, it costs a $3 donation and includes a spoonful of each chili entry and some bread from the Atlanta Bread Company. Larger donations are welcomed.

To enter the contest, cooks must pay a $5 entry fee. Organizers have suggested cooks provide a quart or more of chili.

Though preregistration is not required, several people and organizations have already committed to entering.

Three grand prizes will be awarded and may include gift cards among other things. Winners will be chosen by popular votes.

Sponsors of the event include Publix, Longstreet Cafe, Home Depot, Atlanta Bread Company, Loretta’s Country Kitchen, Party City, Chili’s, Texas Roadhouse, Chic-fil-A, JumpnJacks Moonwalk and Kohl’s.

Challenged Child and Friends has been serving Northeast Georgia since 1985 with their program designed to help developmentally challenged children learn and grow in an inclusive environment with children who have typical development. In addition, the organization offers speech, occupation and physical therapy services.

Call 770-535-8280 for more information.

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