1st Annual Chili Cook-Off Contest to Benefit Local Boy Scouts
The Nickolas Demidovich Memorial Fund Inc. will host its 1st annual Chili Cook-Off Contest on Saturday, February 11 from 7 p.m. to midnight at The Huntington Elks Lodge. Proceeds from the contest will benefit Huntington local area boy scouts.
“Fundraisers, like our 1st annual Chili Cook-Off Contest, are organized in order to replenish The Nickolas Demidovich Memorial Fund so that money is available throughout the year for deserving scouts,” said Peter Demidovich, co-founder of the Fund as well as the Elks Lodge’s Lecturing Knight. “The proceeds from this contest will help send Boy Scouts to Boy Scout camp and allow them to participate in scouting activities that would otherwise be unaffordable for their families. The cook-off will allow us to create an evening of food, fun and fundraising for these worthy children.”
The event will include several local “celebrity judges” including Fingers, the afternoon drive host of WBAB and Jim Savalli from the Village Connection. Tickets to attend the cook-off are $20 per guest and will include all you can eat chili and fixings, hot dogs, salad and more. The contest entry fee is $25. Award categories include: Spicy, Creative, Healthiest and Best Overall. There will be two opportunities to win each category – the guest favorites and the “local celebrity” judge favorites – but prizes will be awarded to all contestants.
The event will also include a Live DJ and Dancing as well as a 50/50 Raffle and Raffle Baskets. Drink specials and beer pitchers will also be available at the cash bar at the Elks Lodge, located at 195 Main Street in Huntington.
For more information, contest rules and to pre-purchase tickets or enter your chili in the cook off, please contact Peter Demidovich at (516) 983-5109 or e-mail PeterD1@optonline.net.
About The Nickolas Demidovich Memorial Fund Inc:
The Nickolas Demidovich Memorial Fund Inc. is a non-profit organized by his family to honor the memory and legacy of Nickolas Demidovich – a husband, father, grandfather and member of the Huntington Elks Lodge No. 1565. Nickolas was also the Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 106 for almost 30 years.
The mission of the Nickolas Demidovich Memorial Fund is to raise funds and distribute money to disadvantaged boy scouts participating in Boy Scouts of America in order to allow them to attend Boy Scout camp and participate in all the activities offered that would otherwise be unaffordable for them to attend. The Fund works closely with Huntington local area Boy Scouts. The scouts are required to apply for aid by writing a letter to the Fund explaining why they like being a boy scout, what they have learned, and why they want to attend camp and/or a particular scout activity. Recipients are kept anonymous.
About the Elks Lodge: The Elks Lodge No. 1565 Restaurant and Catering Hall is available for private affairs including meetings, catering, celebrations, weddings, corporate events, receptions, holiday parties and charity fundraisers. The Huntington Elks Lodge is conveniently located at 195 Main Street in the heart of Huntington Village and has plenty of free parking. For more information on the Elks Lodge, call (646) 504-ELKS (3557). The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States is one of the most active fraternal organizations in the world with more than 1 million members in more than 2,000 lodges across the country. Utilizing the theme “Elks Care – Elks Share” as a foundation for their philanthropic efforts, the organization serves people and communities through benevolent initiatives including Veterans programs, drug awareness, providing scholarships to our youth and much more.
Story by Alyssa Nightingale