Elgin Knights Gearing Up for 21st Chili for Charity Event
January 31, 2019
ELGIN—Members of the Knights of Columbus in the Elgin  area want everyone to mark Feb. 23 on the calendar.
That’s when they’ll be hosting their 21st Chili for Charity dinner, 3:30-7 p.m., at St. Thomas More School gym, 1625 W. Highland Ave.
Tickets are $8 at the door or $7 in advance. Contact Chris Gulik at 847/931-9641 or chrisgulik@sbcglobal.net to reserve seats for the family-friendly event.
In addition to the meal, the event has included magicians, face-painters and other fun activities.
The dinner follows the annual cook-off judging, which starts at 1 p.m. Cooks must bring their heated chili to the gym by 11 a.m. 
Registration is open for chili-makers. 
“We will take a chili right up to the day before the event, providing we still have openings,” said Terry Green, event chairman.
“With that being said, I have been encouraging all past contestants to not wait to enter until the last minute, do it now,” Green added.
Cooks who want to be included in the booklet should sign up by Feb. 15.
Getting involved
There are several ways besides eating the chilis to get involved.
For those who want to cook 6-8 quarts of their favorite chili, the standard competition costs $20 per entry. Ten student entries will have the fee waived, but others will pay the standard fee.
Teams will have chances to win prizes for overall best chili and best presentation, best student chili and best hot, medium and mild chilis. 
Entry details and forms are available at www.kofc654.org.
Raffle prizes are a big part of the event and another way to get involved is to provide a raffle prize.
 Learn more from Marshall Spangler at 847/695-1605  or m.span50@yahoo.com.
A third way to get involved is to advertise in the cook-off booklet. Gulik has information about that.
Chili for Charity is the biggest fundraiser that the Elgin Knights sponsor and will benefit Elgin Catholic schools, Elgin Soup Kitchen, Elgin youth sports, Special Olympics and K of C, itself.