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.