The 20th Anual Chili Cook-Off Pays Off
Your contributions and participation make it possible for us to raise much needed funds for these vital services:
The 20th Annual Great Rotary Chili Cook-Off was a big success for our community. Volunteers from Area 3 Rotary Clubs, local Firefighters, The Saddle Rack and Dryco Construction worked for months to prepare for this huge fundraising event. The Great Rotary Chili Cook-Off took place at the Saddle Rack in Fremont on Sunday June 5th, 2011. Thanks to our top sponsors, Washington Hospital Health Care Systems, Local 1689 Firefighters, Fremont Bank, Coach Automotive and too many more to mention we surpassed our goal of $25,000 and raised $34,000 in spite of un-seasonable weather that day.
The funds were distributed throughout the community to those that do an outstanding job of helping others. A formal check presentation meeting was held on September 15th, Over 100 people attended the meeting at Washington West’s Conrad Anderson auditorium at Washington Hospital in Fremont. Daren Young, the President of Dryco Construction, a Niles Rotary member and the chairman of the Chili Cook-off recapped the day and presented the checks. The six named charities were on hand to receive their donations.
The first donation went to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF).The AARBF is a California based non-profit organization created in 1971. AARBF is dedicated to providing services to those that have been affected by burn injuries. The parents of Alisa Ann, an eight year-old fatality injured in a backyard barbeque accident, work with local firefighters, and medical professionals to provide services to burn victims and help to prevent burn injuries by teaching STOP, DROP & ROLL. AARBF’s grant was $6,800.
H.O.P.E (Homeless Outreach People Empowerments) is a 37 ft state of the art mobile health clinic that offers services and basic dental primarily to homeless people living on the street. The H.O.P.E Project Mobile Clinic serves approximately 2,500 people in the Tri-City and Tri-Valley areas per year. H.O.P.E was granted $6,800.
W.O.W is a mobile medical unit that provides quality health care services primarily to the uninsured and underserved District resident. W.O.W. provides physical exams, health screens, immunizations & flu shots, nutritional counseling as well as occupational medicine in our community.
Tri-City Rotary Clinic
Tri- City Rotary Clinic was founded in 1992 and provides medical care to clients of Abode services. The Clinic provides TB testing for residents at Sunrise Village, S.A.V.E, and Abodes housing program. The Tri- City Rotary Clubs (Area 3) help fund this clinic. The clinic is located in Washington Hospital’s Out Patient Washington West Building in Fremont. Tri-City Rotary Clinic is the reason the cook-off was started 20 years ago, it received $6,800, approx one year’s funding.
Martin C. Kauffman was founded in 1950 by a concerned citizen who decided to do something to help the expectant wife of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. He wrote to 100 of his friends asking for donations to the family of the victim. The Club is a non- profit charitable organization that provides immediate financial support to spouses and scholarships to children of police and fire fighters who have fallen in the line of duty in Alameda County. The Martin C. Kauffman 100 Club received $3,400.
The final check was presented to Tri-City Volunteers (our newest beneficiary).This organization’s mission is to lend help to people in need. For more than 40 years they have been helping transform the lives of less fortunate residents in the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Last year the Community Food Bank distributed two million pounds of food to 5,500 local families reaching 14,000 individuals. They also offer alternative sentencing programs for people sentenced to community service by traffic courts. They received $3,400.
New for 2013
Serving the Tri-City area since 1975, LIFE ElderCare operates on the belief that “with some help,” many at-risk older adults can maintain a good quality of life while living independently in their own home. We offer four direct service programs: Meals On Wheels provides hot, home-delivered nutritious meals, Friendly Visitors provides weekly companionship, Fall Prevention enrolls seniors in a 12-week, personalized, home exercise program, and VIP Rides provides transportation assistance and rides for medical appointments and errands.
Thanks to fundraising efforts like the Chili Cook-Off we are able to provide a strong support system in Alameda County. We are among those that are fortunate to have access and knowledge of services, programs and educational resources created by individuals that have provided their time, faith, love, and support. Without this dedication, our community would not be what it is today.