Bay Forest shows some heat at chili fundraiser

Date Published: 
March 28, 2014

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cooks did not serve their own chili recipe, to prevent bias, so Bob Anderson, left, serves Chili Nite Chili at the cook-off.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cooks did not serve their own chili recipe, to prevent bias, so Bob Anderson, left, serves Chili Nite Chili at the cook-off.A warm aroma of spices, beef and tomato swept through the Bay Forest community, and if needed, Millville Volunteer Fire Company was already on-hand to douse the heat.

But a delicious day was in store at the Bay Forest Chili Cook Off on March 8, benefitting the fire company.

“Anytime a community like this comes and does something like this we know we’re really appreciated,” said Bob Powell, MVFC spokesman. It’s “just their way of giving back to our community for the service we provide.”

This is the only community fundraiser hosted exclusively to support the fire company, Powell said.

Besides sampling and voting on 20 homemade chili recipes, 270 people enjoyed more food, bid in silent auctions, bought MVFC shirts and saw vintage fire trucks up close. They raised more than $4,700, surpassing last year’s $3,100 total.

The Bay Forest Community Club Social Committee’s Gene Speicher and his wife, Liz, delivered the final contribution to MVFC, expressing the community’s gratitude for the fire company’s dedication to all residents, year-round.