Call for Entries: 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off

Monday, September 16, 2013

On the heels of a wonderfully successful event last year, Audio Visual Services and the Audio Visual Alumni Council (AVAC) will host the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off and tailgate by the Field House during this year's homecoming game on October 12, 2013.

Last year, the Chili Cook-Off raised over $300 for Cystic Fibrosis with only departmental entries. This year the group plans to crank up the heat even further by opening the contest to the entire campus to encourage friendly competition and philanthropic donations. This year a prize and certificate will be awarded to the winning recipe, along with bragging rights until the next event.

"The AVAC is thrilled to once again host this chili cook-off to benefit CF research," said AVAC President, William "BJ" Sieg ('06). "Last year's inaugural event was a great success, and we are expecting even more delicious entries this year. We hope the Westminster community will continue its tradition of supporting such a great cause."

Any group or individual on campus may submit an entry to the Chili Cook-off, including alumni. If you are interested in participating and supporting Cystic Fibrosis research, fill out the form here. The entry fee is $5 per submission and entrants are expected to supply at minimum 6 quarts of chili and their own crock pot which will be returned. A maximum of 20 entries are being accepted for this year's event. (Entry deadline is Ocober 5, 2013) Tastings will begin after the parade, around 11:30 am at the AV tent near the football field.

New AVAC officers Sieg, Vice President Rachael Hoffman ('11), Treasurer and Membership Coordinator Erin Scheutz (Anderson, '96) and Secretary Kate Altman ('11), think that this event will not only raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but it will also further encourage students to interact with alumni and collegiates, one of their top goals as an organization.

"We are happy to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because it helps so many people, including someone in our Westminster Community," said Assistant Director Katie Bittner (Hilliard, '08), in reference to Enterprise Network Manager Kelly Hartner's daughter Claire who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2003. "This research is critical toward helping those with CF and their families."

AV staff members are eagerly awaiting the chili cook off and can hardly wait to network, interact, and have a great time with our alumni.

"I am excited for the chili cook off because my chili is going to win this year," smiled AV Operations Manager and Research & Development Technical Support Manager Brad Steward. "This event also gives me a chance to finally meet all of the people that match the faces on Gary's wall," referring to Gary Swanson's legendary alumni picture wall.

For more information regarding the Chili Cook-off, contact AV at or (724) 946-7188.

Contributed by Savanna Adams, AV Assistant Public Relations Manager.

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