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Charity Chili Challenge supports Alzheimer Society

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By Shawna O'Neill
Charity Chili Challenge supports Alzheimer Society
Helen MaCallum and Rita Witt, Co-Organizers of the Chili Challenge (Shawna O'Neill/Seaway News photo).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Chili cookers and lovers alike attended St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 11 to show their support for the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District.

“It was a warm event that was well attended,” said Jennifer Weeks, Alzheimer Society Communications and Campaign Coordinator. “The atmosphere was very jovial and people had a hearty bowl of chili and a hearty laugh.”

Helen MaCallum, Charity Chili Challenge Co-Organizer, thought the second annual fundraiser was a great success and said she was happy to raise funds for an important, local cause.

“I was shocked at the (Alzheimer Society’s) statistics…they are staggering numbers. Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect older folks. It’s hard on the person, hard on the family…nearly everyone you talk to knows someone who is touched by (dementia),” said MaCallum.

“The funds raised from the Charity Chili Challenge today are going to support local programs and services, such as our mindful motion program, our support groups, our day program, our music programs…all funds are used in our community,” explained Weeks. “It’s important to support the Alzheimers Society of Cornwall and District locally because the need for our services is increasing on a yearly basis…we want to be able to continue to support people with dementia and their care givers the best we can in our community.”

Attendees had the opportunity to sample 15 different chili dishes, paired with different breads and cheeses provided. For dessert, an ice cream bar was available for sweet creations.

The professional category Chili Challenge prize was awarded to Nav Centre’s dish. In two separate regular categories, the following placed first to third in the Chili Challenge this year:

Barb Mazerolle, Paul Deveau and Esther Bryan.

Michael Brand, Teresa MacInnis and Linda Lauzon.

To find out more about the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District, visit their website here.

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