Chili for Charity Event Heats Up February in Winter Park

The Rotary Club of Winter Park is pleased to host its annual celebration of chili at the 3rd annual Chili for Charity presented by Mayflower Retirement Community on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.  The events features chili creations by more than a dozen local restaurants and caterers and enables the club’s foundation to continue its effort to support more than 30 local non-profit organizations each year.

“Chili for Charity is a unique event that brings the community together for a great cause,” explains Matthew Bartolomei, president-elect for the Rotary Club of Winter Park.  “All of the event proceeds benefit our foundation, which in turn provides grants to support the charities that play an essential role in our community.”

At the event, attendees are cautioned to eat with extraordinary care – a play on the city’s infamous traffic signs.   Each chili entrant will provide a unique chili dish with a Winter Park attitude and will be evaluated by a panel of judges made up of local elected officials and food experts; they will also compete for the coveted Peoples’ Choice Award.

Other event highlights include live entertainment by The Papa Jack Express and a live auction.  Tickets are available for $25 each or $225 for ten in advance or $30 at the door.  Purchase tickets online at and stay up-to-date with event details at

chiliforcharityChili for Charity is made possible by its presenting sponsors Averett Warmus Durkee, Fannie Hillman + Association, Fifth Third Bank and The Mayflower Retirement Community.  Additional support is provided by All Business Printing, Baldwin & Company, P.A., Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Central Florida Lifestyle, Costco, Edible Orlando, Infantino and Berman, P.A., NewCastle Title Services, Inc., New Traditions National Bank, Peter Lemeiux DDS, Rollins College, The Park Press, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Winter Park Land Co. and Winter Park/Maitland Observer.

Chili for Charity participants include: B & B Junction, Bistro on Park Avenue, Citizens Bank of Florida, John & Shirley’s Catering, Marlow’s Tavern, Miller’s Ale House, George Paul (formerly of Tiffany on Park), Sodexo at Rollins College, Sonny’s BBQ, The Meat House, Title Boxing Club- Winter Park, Tolla’s Italian Deli & Café, Whole Foods Market Winter Park and Winter Park Day Nursery.

About the Rotary Club of Winter Park Charitable Foundation, Inc.

For more than 20 years, the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Winter Park, the foundation has donated more than $685,000 to charities serving the Winter Park community.  Proceeds from Chili for Charity and other programs equip the foundation to carry on with its mission to support these essential non-profits.