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Show Us Your Sunshine: Chili Cook-Off

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Saturday, February 21st, marks the return of People Helping People’s family-friendly, fun-filled, fabulous chili cook-off! Since its debut in 2013, the cook-off has been far more than just an enjoyable community event. It is the signature fund-raiser for People Helping People in Hernando County. They are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that relies entirely on donations and grants from individuals, businesses, religious groups, clubs, and civic organizations to sustain their mission. Their mission is to end hunger and help those with food insecurities in Hernando County. And after a three-year break due to Covid, things are cookin’ once again for this much beloved community tradition! The chili cook-off will take place at the HELP Center, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, 11 am – 3 pm.

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“We generally raised about $5,000 at each Chili cook-off in the past. We offer programs directed at seniors, children and the homeless. And money raised will be used where we may be lacking in donations and grants and directed to the one place where it’s needed the most. This is the 5th year we’ve had the chili cook-off so we’re so excited to finally continue with this annual event. Our hope is that people will come out, bring their family and enjoy the day. If you are more comfortable, outdoor seating will be available,” said PHP Executive Director Becky Burton.

Attendees will taste delicious chili samples and can vote for their favorite. The winner whose chili garners the most votes will be awarded a cash prize. And in addition to chili, hot dogs and drinks will be available, and a bake sale will offer additional treats. Guests also will be invited to play the “Wheel of Funz” and win prizes.

“It’s a family friendly event and all are welcome to attend and enjoy chili, hot dogs, bake sale items and spin our Wheel of Funz to win some cool prizes!” said Burton.

No pre registration is required for the chili cook-off, you pay at the door. If you’d like to enter as a contestant, information can be found on our website at www.phphernando.org or by calling 352-686-4466.

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To spread your own positive community news, send your good news to community reporter Megan Hussey at the Hernando Sun, [email protected] Show Us Your Sunshine!

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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