Chili Cook-Off to Benefit CF at Westminster Homecoming

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Building off of last year's successful event, Audio Visual Services and the Audio Visual Alumni Council (AVAC) are holding the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off and tailgate by the Field House during the Homecoming game on October 12, 2013.

Last year, the Chili Cook-Off raised over $300 for Cystic Fibrosis. This year, they are going to "turn up the heat" even hotter. AV and the AVAC have opened the contest to the entire campus to encourage friendly competition and philanthropic donations. A prize and certificate will be awarded to the winning recipe.

"The AVAC is once again excited to be hosting its chili cook-off to benefit CF research," said AVAC President, BJ Sieg ('06). "We can't wait to see what kinds of unique recipes the campus will come up with. I want to thank the Westminster Community for the tremendous showing that we had last year, and look forward to many tasty entrants this fall."

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. A maximum of 20 entries are being accepted for this year's event. 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 will also encourage networking between collegiates and alumni, which is one of the group's various goals for their tenure.

"We continue to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because it helps so many, including one of Westminster's own," said Altman, referring to Westminster employee Kelly Hartner's daughter Claire, who was diagnosed shortly after birth with Cystic Fibrosis in 2003. "The Cook-off benefits this great cause, and helps current AV students get in touch with alums spanning generations in a fun and meaningful way."

AV staff members agree that they can't wait to take advantage of this chance to network and interact with alumni. "This is a fabulous opportunity," grinned Assistant PR Manager Savanna Adams. "It's hard to get all of us in one place at any given time, but a good bowl of chili seems to bring us all together."

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

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