Letters to the Editor: Chili cookoff a success

Letters to the Editor: Chili cookoff a success

Letters to the Editor
Kiwanis Club of Alameda

High Street Station Cafe won third place in the Judge's Awards voting. Left to right: Lynda Kretlow, Susan Timney and Cherice Gilliam. Photo by Al Wright.

The 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off held by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda was a big success. Twelve contestants put their culinary skills to the test and were voted on by three local chefs and the attending general public. This year's winners in the two categories were:

People's Choice, first place: Alameda Education Foundation; second place, Chili 2.0; and third place, 1400 Bar and Grill. The Judge's Awards were: first place, H&R Block; second place, 2 Beach Nuts; and third place, High Street Station Cafe. On hand to award the prizes was Kiwanis Governor-elect Cherice Gilliam and Alameda club President Russ Grant.

The Kiwanis raise money through the chili contest, BBQ dinner, silent auction and raffle to distribute grants to local nonprofits. The focus of Kiwanis is families and kids. This year is the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis, and the event kicked off the year for the Alameda club.

The Kiwanis have been able to support many nonprofit organizations through the grants. These include Girls Inc. of the Island City, the Alameda Music Project, Alameda Homeless Network, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Education Foundation, Midway Shelter, Ala Costa Centers, Rhythmix Cultural Works and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

The Alameda High School and Encinal High School Key Clubs volunteered at the event, decorating, staffing tables, selling raffle tickets and cleaning up. The students are supported in their volunteer activities with chaperones, transportation and training by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda. The Kiwanis would like to thank all of their sponsors, participants and supporters for making this event another success.

Over 100 silent auction items were donated and the following were sponsors: Habanero Gold Sponsor: Mark Sorensen and Tom Squire; Cayenne Silver Sponsors: Bank of Marin and Edward Jones; Jalapeno Bronze Sponsors: H&R Block, Custom Kitchens, Jan Nichols-Franz Piano Studio, Alameda Associates Insurance, Hewitt, Jones and Fitch, Russ and Linda Grant, Harbor Bay Realty, Harry Hartman Insurance, Cheryl Saxton, Denise Gasti and Kari and Alan Thompson.

Our sponsors-in-kind also helped make our event successful: Excel Graphics, Gold Coast Grill, Wescafe, Sound Explosion, La Penca Azul, City of Alameda Recreation and Parks Department and Dance 10 Performing Arts. Special note that three cash donation sponsors help fill our grants program coffers: The Palmer and Friends holiday fundraiser, Paco and Alison Aubrejuan and Jim Franz.

Denise Gasti
Kiwanis Club of Alameda