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Florida Chili Cook-Off: 6th Annual Turning Up the Heat on Brain Tumors Chili Cook-off


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We’re excited to announce that another year brings another Chili Cook-Off! Every year CEF partner and advocate Cindy Rogalski holds a fundraiser for the Chris Elliott Fund as part of an awareness effort and a way to make a difference in brain cancer!


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This is the sixth year event coordinator Cindy Rogalski has raised money for this disease and the Chris Elliott Fund (CEF). Cindy became involved in CEF when she lived in the Seattle-area attending the non-profit’s annual gala. It wasn’t until her mother was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma, in 2007 that she fully understood the value of CEF’s care and support for brain tumor patients. Rogalski speaks of her experience with Dellann Elliott, CEF Co-founder and President, during her mother’s battle with the cancer: “Dellann was amazing, she made sure my mom’s case was reviewed by top doctors and we felt at ease knowing what we we’re doing was the best for mom.”

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Rogalski describes the cook-off as a very fun event that brings together the quiet but large community that has been touched by this aggressive disease. This year’s cook-off hopes to feature even more vendors than years past and involve local restaurants as an element of the competition.


980899_437622883019819_693850195_oRogalski also has national goals. The impact she has made thus far in her community has served as inspiration for a national day for CEF awareness. Her goal is to have at least one chili cook-off in every state over the next 3 years: “in one afternoon if a chili cook-off in every state could raise even just $1,000 that would be huge, $50,000 for CEF!” says Rogalski. She has also made a step-by-step planning list for individuals interested in taking part in their own chili cook-off, in any community.


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When: Sunday November 10th, 2013, 2 – 4pm

Where: Mike Bender Golf Academy at the Magnolia Golf Club (map)

Cost: $5 suggested donation for bowl and spoon

What: Attendees will get to taste a dozen of Chilis, also have the chance to enter  a silent auction, wine basket raffle, peruse vendors and more!

Who: Event planner is Cindy Rogalski who can be reached for questions or entry information, at or at 480.784.7872

Visit their Facebook Page for more details.


Can’t attend? Donate now to the Chili Cook-off and under “in-honor of” please put “Chili Cook Off” to designate your donation as part of this event.


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