Civitans' Local Heroes Chili Cook-Off is Saturday in St. James

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Southeast Brunswick Civitan Club of Southport will stir up its third annual Local Heroes Chili Cook-Off this Saturday afternoon at St. James to help provide iPads for exceptional children.

The cook-off will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

Local fire, rescue and police departments and the United States Coast Guard will be invited to compete for the title of “best chili in town.”

Highlights will include live music, door prizes, games, fire truck tours, and a bake sale.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Admission is free for children ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Island Brand of First Citizens Bank.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support The Civitan Apple Project, local fire departments and the Southeast Brunswick Civitan Scholarship Fund.

The Southeast Brunswick Civitan Club is a volunteer service club dedicated to helping children with developmental disabilities. The club’s current project has garnered so much admiration that another local service organization has decided to donate to their cause.

American Legion Post 543 of St. James was so moved by the Civitans’ fundraising efforts for the Brunswick County Exceptional Children program that members volunteered to help. The Post also immediately decided to donate an iPad for the Civitan project.

The Civitan Club has already turned in two iPads to Acacia Dixon, director of instructional technology with Brunswick County Schools. The iPads were presented to students on Nov. 14 at South Brunswick Middle and Supply Elementary schools.

The club’s goal is to distribute as many iPads as possible, wherever they are needed throughout the entire county.

For more information about the cook-off or the club, call club chairman Jonathan Peele at (910) 454-0707.