Delicious fundraiser benefits cancer survivors

The Greater Westfield YMCA Livestrong program will benefit from the March 7 Chili, Chowder & Chocolate Cook-off. Pictured are members of the current Livestrong program. (WESTFIELD YMCA PHOTO)

WESTFIELD – Get your taste buds ready for the annual Greater Westfield YMCA Chili, Chowder and Chocolate Cook-off March 7.

YMCA Health and Wellness Director Cindy Agan said there are 17 participants in this year’s event, including returning champs, the Westfield Fire Department, Mama Cakes and Westfield State University. Competitors will vie for bragging rights in each of the three categories: Chili, chowder and chocolate. There are seven chili entries, eight chocolate entries and five chowder entries.

Every visitor will have the opportunity to cast a ballot and the winner in each category will be by popular vote.

“Everyone that purchases a ticket gets to vote,” said Again. “It’s in the spirit of fun to fundraise.”

Proceeds benefit the Livestrong Program, which is a free 12-week exercise program for cancer survivors trying to regain their health.

“People come and want to support this endeavor because whether directly or indirectly, we know of someone whose life has been affected by cancer,” Agan said.

The event also includes a raffle, with donations from Two Rivers Burrito, Puffer’s Day Spa & Salon, 7 B’s Bar & Grill, Tin Ridge, Rosewood Home & Gifts, Tangles, Fast Feet, Short Stop Bar & Grill and Pancake Sundaes.

Participants include The Arbors, Genesis Spiritual Center, Westfield Fire and Police Departments, Westfield State University, G.I.L.T.E PHYL’s,  Maureen’s Sweet Shoppe, Mama Cakes, Armbrook Village, Kiwanis,  Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield, Genesis Health Care Center, Rude Eye BBQ, That Mother is Smokin’ BBQ, Tucker’s restaurant and Delaney’s Market.

The event is March 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 67 Court St. Tickets are $10 at the door. Children under 3 are free.


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