HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club held their 47th annual Chili Feast, Raffle and Auction last Saturday, and in spite of cold weather and the pandemic, a large crowd turned out at St. Jude’s social hall, and made the event a success.
Chili Feast chairman Andy Scott said proceeds were comparable to previous years, and thanked all the sponsors and the public for their support.
The top prize in the raffle drawing, a 2022 SUV from Turner Chevrolet, was won by Highlands businessman Jeremy Rosenkranz. All 700 raffle tickets were sold, thanks to a last minute purchase by a consortium of Bryan Teel, Don Hill, and David Kostka. The club thanked them for their extra effort and support. Preliminary figures indicate the event raised about $93,000, and after expenses including the cost of the top prize, the club expects to be able to use the remaining monies for scholarships and community projects. Last year the club awarded $32,000 in scholarships to 18 graduating seniors.
Funds raised at the Chili Feast are used to support the club’s projects, including Scholarships, Partners in Education, Stratford Library, GCM and Chinquapin Interact clubs, Dictionaries for 3rd graders, School supply drive, Christmas baskets for the needy, Veteran’s programs, Highlands Jamboree, Highlands Little League, International Youth Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholars, worldwide polio eradication, and other local charities and projects.
Sponsors for the event included: Diamond, Jerry & Julie Fallin; Platinum, Hill Materials; Gold, Community Toyota/Honda/Kia, ReMax Eastside, Vision Max Baytown, Allegiance Bank Memorial Spring Branch, Chuck & Carol Radney; Silver, Edward Jones, Scott Stephens & Associates, Capital Bank, BDI Resources, Central Auto Inspections, Charlie’s Ice House, Environmental Health Specialties; Bronze, Rich & Nancy Slaugh.
Club president Jerry Fallin thanked all the Rotarians, wives and volunteers for their assistance in achieving a successful event.