To the Editor:
The avon lake landmark preservation society, more commonly known as the Folger Home, hosted its 10th annual taste of chili cook-off on Nov. 12. We served over 200 patrons, and despite it being crowded and hectic at times, the patrons thoroughly enjoyed the samples, bowls of their favorite, hot dogs, desserts, and a tour of the Folger construction.
Congratulations to this year’s winner: !
Coleone’s of Avon earned 2nd place, and won 3rd place.
This successful fundraiser simply could not take place without the overwhelming generosity and support of so many local establishments and people.
Restaurants donating chili, along with their sampler number are (6), (1), (8), (3), Wendy’s (2), Chili’s of Great Northern (10), Stella’s and her famous rolls (7), (6), (5), And Coleone’s Of Avon (4). Now you know where to get a bowl of your favorite.
Florists donating stunning centerpieces for our raffle include Diederich, Puskas, , Hen & Ivy, Zelek, Secret Garden, Life in Bloom, Bonaminio’s, and Carol Scherry.
A huge round of applause to other local businesses who donated to our raffle this year: Avon Lake Parks & Rec. $125 family pool pass; Buffalo Wild Wings $20 gift card; Donato’s pizza $25 in gift cards; Coleone’s free large 2 item pizza; Sisson’s $15 in gift cards; Petitti’s $20 gift card; Deena LaVigne 1 hr. Reiki session; Chili’s of Great Northern $60 in gift cards. There were 22 prizes in all, and so many tickets bought that we made three times what we normally make from the raffle. Congratulations to the raffle winners Karl, Larry, Kathy, Tom, Collier, Ed, Denny, Donna, Pam, Teri, Dee, Doug, Ralph, Linda, Matt, Lisa, Rosemary, Dan, Gerry, Jacob, Elfie and Nancy.
A sincere special thanks to Ralph Miller, the 13th name pulled, who chose the Family Pool Pass and then passed it on to a jumping little boy in the crowd, anxiously awaiting his turn, #20. That was Jacob Bir, who then let Ralph pick and keep what he wanted. Inside sources say that Jacob is wearing his swimming trunks to school today. What a great community we live in!
Other establishments that donated food, supplies and/or gift cards are , , , Walmart, on Lake, Lear Road, , on Lear, , Avon Lake Parks and Rec., , , The Patch and The Press.
Desserts (of which there were NONE left) were donated by Jeanne Nash, Eileen Wozniak, Carol Lara, Judy Kuenzel, Janice Peters, Bev Johnson, Ellen Bolognia, Molly Dunford, LaDene Hammer, Sue Wanenmaker, Donna DeChant, and Barb Vezdos. Sandy and Doug Rider provided that mouth-watering corn bread.
Volunteers Judy Kuenzel, Mary Lou Kirk, Janice & Paul Peters, and Debi Loebich helped with pre-event preparations. Volunteer workers at the event, some for nearly 8 hours, include Al and Jeanne Nash, Bev and Isabel Johnson and friend, John Earley, Wally Paine, Chris Quinlan, K.C. Zuber, Carol Fellure, Judy Houdeshell, Sandy and Doug Rider, Greg Zilka, Larry Meiners, Pam Hoffmann, Denny Potonic, Marian Conn, Paul and Janice Peters, Sandi Gerhan, Deb Beard, Lynn and Patty Greene, George Amolsch, Joni Elias, Pattie and Clarissa Ferrari, LaDene Hammer, Janice and Paul Peters……..and kudos to Girl Scout Troop 688, led by Chris Caruso and Nancy Bir who provided and supervised all day help from Nancy and Laura Bir, Joan and Alexa Reynolds, Theresa and Kaitlin Baker, Kim and Katie Roberts, Chris and Angela Caruso, Stephanie and Samantha Cole, Meghan Bowers, Emma Murdock, Valerie & Alice Howard, Emily Reynolds and Hannah Deily. You go, girls!
A huge heartfelt thank you to each and every establishment and person who donated to this event. And my apologies to anyone I overlooked in this acknowledgement of gratitude. The taste of chili cook-off is only successful because of all the generous establishments and people cooperating together.
Pat Fellure, Chili Chairperson