The Rotary Club of West Chester is preparing for the Annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off which will take place on October 8, 2023. For our 21st year, we are turning up the heat on the streets in an effort to raise more money than ever before.
On the 2nd Sunday of October the streets of Downtown West Chester close for a day of food, fun and philanthropy. 50+ chili teams, comprised of restaurants, businesses, hometown cooks and non-profit organizations, set up shop right on the street and cook chili vying for the coveted People’s Choice Award (the best darn chili in Chester County). As the streets fill with the aroma of perfectly seasoned meat and beans thousands of hungry chili fans arrive to shop the amazing array of artisan vendors, visit the kid zone with their families, stop in to the local bars for a brew and most importantly sample all the chili they can eat and cast their vote for the winning recipe. As the day draws to a close and the votes are counted one lucky team is crowned the winner and in addition to bragging rights receives a cash prize of $2,500.
This event that brings families and folks from all over the greater Philadelphia region does so much more than provide a festive way to fill a Sunday afternoon. All the proceeds from the event benefit those in need through the Rotary Club of West Chester whose motto is, “Service Above Self.” Since the West Chester Chili Cook-Off began back in 2002 the Rotary Club of West Chester has raised almost half a million dollars which they have used to do good in the community and world. Specifically, we support agencies that meet folks housing needs, employment and job support and training, health and crisis therapy, victims of abuse and violence, help provide and deliver furniture for veterans and those coming out of shelters, help install water pumps for folks in Senegal, housing for children awaiting surgery for prosthetic limbs, hand and ears, etc. through our support of non-profits locally, nationally and internationally.
In 2022, with an impressive post-COVID return, we were able to raise $60,000 toward Food, Clothing & Shelter for the needy of Chester County. With your continued support we can exceed this amazing accomplishment and make a bigger impact in our community.
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