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SCV Realtors are hot and spicy

Inaugural Chili Cook-Off for charity is a tasty success

Posted: June 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Tony Valdez and Martin Rodriguez offer up the "Surety Shakedown Beef and Beans." Photo by Michele E. Buttelman/The Signal.

More than 30 chili chefs brought the sweet and spicy to the Embassy Suites in Valencia recently for the inaugural Santa Clarita Valley Real Estate Community Charity Chili Cook-Off.


Among the nonprofits to reap the rewards from the event were Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, Sparks of Love, Wounded Warrior Project, Rescues on the Runway, and SCV Youth Project.


"We’re doing this to raise as much money as possible for charity," said Nicole Stinson, event chairwoman. "Everything was donated for the event, including the venue here at Embassy Suites. Every dollar raised will be split five ways among the charities."


Guests were able to vote for their favorite chili after making the chili tasting rounds. Additional votes could also be purchased. Guests were charged $5 to attend which included all the chili they could taste, as well as donated cornbread.


Chili cooks were charged $50 to enter their secret recipes — some sweet, some hot and spicy, some made with beans and others made with no beans.


The event also featured a silent auction, photo booth and a "money machine."


First place was captured by real estate professionals Liz Zamudio and Meray Arbid.


Second place by "Team House" led by real estate professional Tamar House.


Third place was won by Pastor Brad Brock of Church of the Canyons.


"We can’t wait for next year," said Stinson. "We’re so pleased that the community came out and supported the event."





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