By JERRY RODRIGUEZ
Special to the Parade
The San Benito Elks Lodge 1661 will be holding its Eighth Annual Chili Cook-off Saturday, Feb. 25.
The cook-off, held in the parking lot of the lodge located on 251 N. Reagan St., benefits those in need in the community, according to Earl Groh of the Elks.
The event initially began to benefit Maggie’s House and has since aided Fuel 7 ministries and other local events.
Currently, and for the past three years, the Elks Lodge now focuses on helping the South Texas Miracle Kids. “A lot of kids need help in this community,” said earl Groh. “We are here to help them.”
Since its inception, the cook-off has generated approximately $80,000 worth of handicap equipment, $50,000 in scholarships to San Benito High School while none has been set aside for the Elks Lodge, Groh said. “Everything we get is for the kids,” he added.
The doors will open at 7 a.m. so that participants can begin to cook their recipe, and the judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. First, second and third place winners will be announced shortly thereafter. There will be an auction of donated items immediately following the judging, and hotdogs with beverages for sale.
The competition and event are open to the public free of charge. For more information, call (956) 399-1351.