OAKHURST — Ladies and gentlemen, get your beans in order. It’s time for the Gold Country Chili Cook Off, sponsored by the local Soroptimist service club, dedicated to helping women and girls in the immediate area and around the world.
The sweet and spicy event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Oakhurst Community Center, from 5 to 9 p.m.
A $20 donation to the cause buys one soda, one raffle ticket, all you can eat Soroptimist famous chili, hot dogs, Frito chili boats, cornbread and cookies made by the Soroptimist ladies. Many choices of toppings for your chili are also included.
Kid’s meals are $5 for ages 10 and under; age 3 and under are free.
Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase, and guests will have a great time tasting chili while listening to live music by Slide Creek, and supporting the effort of the service club.
It will be a night of good food, beer from the South Gate Brewing Company, plus wine, raffle and fun. Bring the family!
Local restaurants, chefs and groups will compete for this year’s title of Best Chili in the community and you will be the judge as it is a people’s choice award.
Purchase your ticket before they are sold out from Soroptimist members, at Oakhurst Giftworks or Oakhurst Grill before Friday morning, Nov. 9, or online 24/7 at https://chilicookoff2018.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available at the door if they are still available.
Lots of wonderful raffle prizes including carved bear, wine baskets, coastal hotel stays, coffee baskets, beauty baskets, movie passes, Fall and Holiday gift item baskets and so much more.
Soroptimists would like to thank their event sponsors – Gold Sponsors include Dr. Kevin Lazarcheff with Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and Sierra Tel. Silver Sponsors include Mark Wallo Pump Service and Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Bronze Sponsors include River Creek Golf Course, Yosemite Ban, with in-kind donations from Oakhurst Round Table Pizza and South Gate Brewing Co.
For more information on the Soroptimist activities in the mountain area, visit the organization’s page on Facebook.
Soroptimist International of The Sierras is a local service club and part of Soroptimist International of the Americas (Soroptimist.org). Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Its major program — Live Your Dream Awards — provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Since 1972, the award winning program has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women, helping them to achieve their educational goals.
Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org – an online community offering volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.