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Chili Cookoff + Rotary Auction


A cool combination that has come together to heat things up a bit Sept. 21

A Canby tradition for 21 years, the Canby Herald Chili Cook-off has been a tasty staple of local fundraising.

This year, the 22nd edition of the cook-off, the event is going to partner up with a relatively new fundraising endeavor and, together, help fill Canby needs in the process.

The Canby Herald Chili Cook-off will partner with the Rotary Club of Canby’s annual community auction for an afternoon of something special Saturday, Sept. 21.

“We’re excited to be co-sponsoring the event with the Rotary and their annual auction,” said Sandy Storey, one of the chili cook-off organizers the last few years. “This gives us a larger and more diverse committee to work on the cook-off.”

The cook-off will also now be held earlier in the year — September instead of October — which offers the chance of better weather, a factor that has affected the cook-off in the past.

“In 2012, the number of teams were down a little bit and our turnout wasn’t quite up to prior years,” Storey said, “but we’re blaming it on the weather. Hopefully, the weather will be better and we’ll be in a larger venue at the Clackamas County Event Center.”

In recent years, the chili cookoff had been held in the Cutsforth’s Thriftway parking lot. In 21 years, the event has raised nearly $26,000

Storey said that both events have developed a passionate following, so combining the events offers both the chance to draw an overall larger crowd.

“There are many people out there who are loyal to these events, so they’ll get a chance to cross over and experience the other event,” Storey said, “which can only be a good thing.”

In past years, the Chili Cook-off has targeted a particular local charity or cause for the funds raised. In 21 years, the event has raised nearly $26,000.

This year, the money raised at the cookoff will be part of the larger fundraising effort of the Rotary and be split between the three organizations that event has targeted — The Canby Center, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and Rotary Club of Canby Foundation.

“We think it’s going to be a really positive change partnering with the Rotary, and we hope more teams will be involved and that a lot of people will enjoy the auction and the cook-off,” Storey said.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. at the Clackamas County Event Center for auction viewing and silent auction bidding. The chili prepared by the various teams should be ready to go by then as well.

The oral auction gets started about 2:15 p.m.

The Canby Center funds will be used for the Backpack Buddies program that serves approximately 300 low income students and their families by providing weekend food. The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, serving 237 families each week, 34 percent of whom are children, will supplement its contributed food donations, creating the nourishment needed for residents to thrive. The Canby Rotary Foundation will expand its scholarship program, which currently assists nine area high school students with scholarship funding to the college or university of their choice.

In 2011, the fundraiser topped the $35,000 mark, the last of a $90,000 goal, to help finish off the final touches for the Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial. A year ago, the event raised $25,000.

Admission and parking are free.