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CBHarper’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off 2017

October 27th, 2017 — Here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® we hosted our 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off on a cool, windy Friday afternoon. Company-wide teams come together to simmer their best recipes and compete for bragging rights to the best chili. Aside from fun, food and live music, performed by our very own Clifton Jansky, this event kicks off our holiday ‘Bear Hunt’. Open to the public, our chili cook-off costs a modest $2 entry or 1 stuffed animal to enter.

All of the funds and stuffed animals go directly to our ‘Bear Hunt’ efforts. To date, we have collected well over 125,000 thousand stuffed animals and bears and many more thousands in monetary donations. Everything we collect benefits the local Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Police and Fire Stations, plus the well-loved stuffed animals are distributed to local pet shelters.

Our goal this year is to collect as many bears and stuffed animals as possible to spread the love this upcoming holiday season. Please visit one of our office locations near you:


Here are some photos of this year’s fun at the Chili Cook-Off, for all the photos from the day’s event visit our Facebook album here.

Leap Year Celebration Chili Cook Off

Recently one of our Sales Agents, Bob Moore from our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Office won 2nd place in the “Leap Year Celebration: Chili Cook-off & Green Dessert Contest”.

Cynthia Loving, Vice President of Residential Sales for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Office shared the feature image with us. Kerrville Board of Realtors Social Committee hosted this celebration back on February 29th to “leap” into a successful 2016. Folks entered the best tasting chili and green dessert with all entries submitted to Wendy Holt (recent winner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Office Eagle of the Year Award). Located at Kerrville Board of REALTORS® Education Center this event was all in the name of fun for the Leap-Year!

Congratulations Bob Moore for winning 2nd place in that contest! 8377_10153985399018914_1399207735633484163_n



2014 Bear Hunt Chili Cook-Off

This year’s Bear Hunt Chili Cook-Off was a massive success! Not only did we collect 345 bears, $3,000 was also raised! We were excited to have 12 teams compete in the cook-off, each with their unique themes! A huge congratulations to the winners:

  • Judge’s Choice Best Chili to Jan’s Hands
  • Judge’s Choice Best Showmanship to Mad Powerhouse Chili
  • People’s Choice Best Showmanship to Flirty Fraulein Chili
  • People’s Choice Best Chili to The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thank you to everyone who participated and those who came out to support the Bear Hunt!

“Bear Hunting” Season is Open!

The “real” official opening of “Bear Hunting” season will be at October 24th with the Kick Off Chili Cook Off. We are starting off the collecting a bit earlier this year from the multiple requests for a longer season.

Last year the San Antonio offices delivered to Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, The Ronald McDonald Houses, Youth Alternatives, Bexar County Protective Services, SAMM’S Shelter, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Boysville, Blue Santa’s, Kingdom Resources, Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, Forgotten Child, Medina Children’s Home, Any Baby Can, Humane Society and several police sub stations.

Boerne helped Toys for Tots, Boerne Police Department’s Blue Santa program, Familias Especial Boerne and Daily Bread.  They almost doubled their number from the prior year! New Braunfels were contributed to Community Resources and Recreation Center, Any Baby Can, Toys for Tots and Be Nice Express with Angel Ministries. Bandera contributed theirs to the Bandera Sheriff’s Department and EMS.

We have a great start in the North Central/Stone Oak office.  Thanks to Jane Bash for collecting over 1,280 with Bulverde Relief Society and over 620 brought in by agents since last season. We are well on our way to the goal of 10,000. To donate your gently used stuffed animals, visit any of the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® offices and look for the donation box!

Let’s Get Cooking!

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Company Wide Chili Cook-Off will be held on October 24 from 11am-1pm at the North Central/Stone Oak Office parking lot. Teams are welcome to join in the fun and compete for bragging rites! To sign up, fill out the form below and return to Sandra Meyer by October 20 with your entry fee. Or you can enjoy all of the chili you can eat by bringing a stuffed animal, or paying a $2 entry fee. All proceeds are to go to this year’s Bear Hunt. We look forward tasting everyone’s chili and seeing who will win this year!

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Chili Cook-Off 2013 — Update

A little over a week later, and people are still talking about how great the Chili Cook-Off was! If you haven’t seen it yet, now you can watch the festivities from above! Thanks Lupe Robles for capturing this great video of the event! Again, thanks to everyone who help make this event possible and congratulations to all who won!

Chili Cook-Off a Success!

Today, October 25, the grills, crock pots and gas burners fired up and the first ever Chili Cook-Off was an immense success. The cook-off was a kick-off for our annual Bear Hunt, and all proceeds from entry and the silent auction are to go to purchasing bears for children in need at Christmas. 11 teams came out to show off their skills and enter in for a chance to win best chili in a blind taste test, people’s choice chili, and also judged showmanship and people’s choice showmanship. We had a great turnout and collected many stuffed animals to start this year’s Bear Hunt and a great silent auction. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who showed up and supported this year’s Bear Hunt! This year’s winners are as follows:

Blind taste test chili winners:


1st Place – Commercial Cookers (photo above)
2nd Place – Jan and her Helping Hands
3rd Place – Wicked Chili

Judged Showmanship winners:


1st Place – Spellbound Chili (photo above)
2nd Place – Crock Pot Princess
3rd Place – Wicked Chili

People’s Choice Chili:


Jan and her Helping Hands (photo above)

People’s Choice Showmanship:


Spellbound Chili (photo above)

A little history about the Bear Hunt: In 1990 one of our offices wanted to do something for children in need during the holidays and started the “Bear Hunt”. The first year we collected about 500 new and “pre-loved” stuffed animals.  The now company wide event has donated over 28,000 in the last three years! Last year we collected our goal of 8,000 bears, so this year we raised the goal to 10,000 bears! If you would like to donate a slightly loved stuffed animal, we are accepting them at all Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® offices.

Last year’s bears were distributed in San Antonio to Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, Youth Alternatives, Salvation Army, Bexar County Protective Services, SAMM’s Shelter, The Children’s Bereavement Center, Boysville, Blue Santa’s, Forgotten Child, Children’s Shelter, Medina Children’s Home, Ronald McDonald House, Any Baby Can, Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, Kingdom Resources and several police substations. The “too loved” were given to the Humane Society.

The animals collected in Boerne and Bandera were distributed to The Sheriff’s Department, The Police Department, The Fire Department, The Kendall County Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Hill Country Daily Bread Services, Hill Country Family Services, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club and Medina Children’s Home. The animals collected in New Braunfels also remained in their community.


Chili Cook-Off 2013

BearGet your stoves ready! We are holding our first ever company wide chili cook-off this October 25th. All proceeds go to this year’s bear hunt. To register, fill out a registration form (here or on x-net) and turn it in to Sandra Meyer along with your entry fee ($25) no later than October 4th (this Friday). The cook-off itself will be held out in the parking lot of the Stone Oak/North Central office from 11am-1pm. Admission will be $2 or a stuffed animal. A silent auction will also be held with all proceeds going toward the purchase of bears. There will be door prizes!! Also, cornbread and chips & dip are welcome. So get those recipes handy and let’s get cooking!