Chili-Cook Off To Benefit Meals On Wheels

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- The 10th Annual Keller Williams Realty Charity Chili Cook-Off and Wine Tasting will take place at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale Monday (Sept. 29).
The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It benefits Meals on Wheels in both Benton and Washington Counties.
During the last 10 years, the charity event has raised more than $40,000 with half going to Meals on Wheels. The rest of the proceeds goes to Fayetteville Cares, which is a group within the real estate company Keller Williams Market Pro Realty.”It’s a great time,” said Cayla Wilson, center director. “The chili-cook off is awesome but this event impacts so many lives.”

Volunteers at the Meals on Wheels of Washington County prepare more than 300 meals a day at the Fayetteville Senior and Wellness Center.

“I see a lot of really sad situations for our seniors in Northwest Arkansas, some are bed ridden and they have no family in the area,” Wilson said. “So that hot meal delivered to them every day really makes a difference in their lives.”

There are cooked meals for seniors who visit the center and they also do home deliveries.

“We also give them a personal check to make sure they are OK,” Wilson said. “It’s not just the meal, it’s also that personal attention that we give our clients.”

Tickets for the chili cook off are $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Wine tasting is $10.

They’ll have a silent and live auction, which includes an autographed Peyton Manning Denver Broncos helmet.