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October 28, 2011 > Chili Cook-off pays off

Chili Cook-off pays off

Submitted By Area 3 Rotary Clubs

The 20th Annual Great Rotary Chili Cook-Off was a big success for our community. Volunteers from Area 3 Rotary Clubs, local Firefighters, The Saddle Rack and Dryco Construction worked for months to prepare for this huge fundraising event. The Great Rotary Chili Cook-Off took place at the Saddle Rack in Fremont on Sunday June 5th, 2011. Thanks to our top sponsors, Washington Hospital Health Care Systems, Local 1689 Firefighters, Fremont Bank, Coach Automotive and too many more to mention we surpassed our goal of $25,000 and raised $34,000 in spite of un-seasonable weather that day.

Funds were distributed throughout the community to those that do an outstanding job of helping others. A formal check presentation meeting was held September 15; over 100 people attended the meeting at Washington West's Conrad Anderson auditorium at Washington Hospital in Fremont. Daren Young, President of Dryco Construction, a Niles Rotary member and the chairman of the Chili Cook-off recapped the day and presented the checks. The six named charities were on hand to receive their donations.

The first donation went to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). The AARBF is a California based non-profit organization created in 1971, dedicated to providing services to those affected by burn injuries. AARBF's grant was $6,800.

H.O.P.E (Homeless Outreach People Empowerments) is a 37 ft state-of-the-art mobile health clinic that offers services and basic dental primarily to homeless people living on the street. H.O.P.E was granted $6,800.

W.O.W is a mobile medical unit that provides quality health care services primarily to the uninsured and undeserved District residents. W.O.W. provides physical exams, health screens, immunizations & flu shots, nutritional counseling as well as occupational medicine in our community.

Tri- City Rotary Clinic was founded in 1992 and provides medical care to clients of Abode services. The Clinic provides TB testing for residents at Sunrise Village, S.A.V.E, and Abode's housing program. The Tri-City Rotary Clubs (Area 3) help fund this clinic. Tri-City Rotary Clinic is the reason the cook-off was started 20 years ago, it received $6,800, approx one year's funding.

Martin C. Kauffman was founded in 1950 by a concerned citizen who decided to do something to help the expectant wife of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. The Club is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides immediate financial support to spouses and scholarships to children of police and fire fighters who have fallen in the line of duty in Alameda County. The Martin C. Kauffman 100 Club received $3,400.

The final check was presented to Tri-City Volunteers (our newest beneficiary). This organization's mission is to lend help to people in need. For more than 40 years they have been helping transform the lives of less fortunate residents in the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Last year the Community Food Bank distributed two million pounds of food to 5,500 local families reaching 14,000 individuals. They received $3,400.

Thanks to fundraising efforts like the Chili Cook-Off, we are able to provide a strong support system in Alameda County.

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