The Eighth Annual Chili Cook-off and Silent Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life was held in early March on the Destin harbor at HarborWalk Village with more than 1,000 people in attendance.
The event chair, Larry Phelps, had dozens of Parrot Head volunteers assisting him, including president, Hank Bittmann, and vice president, Buz Embry. Past treasurer and Destin Relay for Life event chair, Jean Grieve, was on hand to volunteer throughout the day as well and represent the Relay.
This was their most successful Chili Cook-off to date, raising more than $6,300. The ECPHC is also a Silver Sponsor for the Destin Relay for Life for the third year in a row. There were more than 20 chili entries from participating Parrot Heads along the Emerald Coast and seven area restaurants provided entries: Harry T's Lighthouse, Grande Vista Bar and Grill, Crab Island Cantina, AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, KC's Sandbar and Grill and Landshark's Pizza. Celebrity judges chose their top three chili entries, from chocolate-infused to sirloin-loaded varieties.
Harry Tís, Dan Empson, Harborwalk Village event management, Gayle Vann, and HarborWalk Village marketing and public relations, Maggie Woods and Jamie Hall, were instrumental in making the event happen by accommodating many of the logistical needs and handling all of the publicity and advertising.
The Destin Relay for Life event will take place May 10-11 at the Morgan Sports Complex in Destin. For more information contact Jean Grieve, event chair, at email@example.com, 240-4300, or visit www.relayforlife.org/destinfl.
The DizzyJukes Band provided entertainment early in the day. Later in the day, The Sauce Boss cooked up his signature spicy gumbo while singing his smooth blues on stage during the Chili Cook-Off.
People's Choice was awarded to Ray Yantch
1st Place was awarded to Candy Pate
2nd Place was awarded to Kenton Erickson
3rd Place was awarded to Kathy Mauck
Professional category winners were:
1st Place Harry T's
2nd Place Crab Island Cantina
3rd PlaceEmerald Grande's Grande Vista Bar and Grille
Lick'em, Shoot'em, Bite'em and Eat'em Contest sponsored by Crab Island Cantina winners were:
1st Place- Manuel Garcia
2nd Place- Larry Phelps
3rd Place- Gary Vonschondorf
Most Spirited- Brittany Brizal