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Vernon pulls through for Dental Access Centre

That's a spicy chili!. The 10th annual chili cook off, Feb. 9, raised over $1,000 through chili tasting ticket sales for the Dental Access Centre
February 04, 2019 - 5:32 PM

VERNON – Pots of chili will turn into much needed dental work for some Vernonites.

The Downtown Vernon Association’s (DVA) 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off event slated for Feb. 9 raised $1,125 for those who can’t afford dental work in the North Okanagan. The Community Dental Access Centre (CDAC) is the recipient of this year’s chili fundraiser.

“The donations we receive determine the number of benefits our patients receive for their dental work,” says Victor Lepp, CDAC President. “Last year most of our patients received a dental fee discount of about 50 per cent.”

Victor Lepp, left, receives a cheque from DVA board member Umang Patel for the Dental Access Centre.
Victor Lepp, left, receives a cheque from DVA board member Umang Patel for the Dental Access Centre.

The popular chili competition, which sold 475 tickets in record time, allows attendees to sample chili at nine different restaurants before voting for their favourite while supporting a local non-profit at the same time.

“We donated 50 per cent of the proceeds from ticket sales to CDAC,” says Dudley Coulter, DVA Events and Promotions Coordinator. “The event appeared to have increased in popularity this year with tickets selling out in less than four days compared to over two weeks in previous years.”

Coulter noted the increase in popularity may be in part because of more restaurants participating.

Participating restaurants include Eatology, Little Tex, Marten Brewpub, Naked Pig, Ratio, Station BBQ, The Arcadian Kitchen, The Fig and The Kal.

In 2018, the overall winner of People’s Choice Award, Chili Spirit Award and the Judge’s Choice Award as Station BBQ. Winners of the 2019 cook-off will be announced on social media following the event February 9.

Check out all the events and the online auction at www.vernonwintercarnival.com. Bid on some great items including a 13-week advertising campaign on iNFOnews.ca.

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