Benjamin's Fund

"Providing assistance to families whose children are terminally ill"


Benjamin's 2nd Annual Butt Burnin' Chili Cook Off

Posted by bentjmills1219 on February 6, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Hello everyone and thank you once again for another hugely successful event. Benjamin's 2nd Annual Chili Bowl was the biggest event yet. I don't know where to begin....hang in there!

The event was held at the Lafayette in Taunton. We filled the house! 17 competitors entered and all the chilis were incredible. I got so much good feedback on them, people wanted to vote for more than one.

We were joined by special guest, Trent, who came to spend the day with us. Trent is a local teen who has received a donation from Benjamin's Fund. It is hard to say the words, but Trent is terminally ill. Sometimes, a reminder is needed that even though the events we get together for are fun, they are for a reason. That reason is to raise money for families whose children are terminally ill. Trent is once again going to see Disney on Ice during school vacation week through a requested donation from Ben's Fund to TD Banknorth. They are giving Trent's family tickets to enjoy the show with him. It is amazing that Trent is going to enjoy this show yet another year....hang in there Trent! During the event, Trent wanted to say a few words. He thanked everyone for helping him and getting him the tickets and also for the dinner he enjoyed with his family before the show. Trent is an inspiration.

Congratulations to this year's Chili Bowl Champion, Tom Mills, with his "taste like chicken" chili. Tom got a basket full of prizes to enjoy and now owns the title of 2010 Chili Bowl Champion. But can he hold the title for next year? 2nd place was John Doherty with Devils & Angels, and third place was Roger & Judy Gagnon with Margaritaville Madness. The rest were so very close there was even a 5 way tie! Too close of a competition.....

Thank you to all of our competitors who made & served their delicious chilis!!

#1 John Doherty, #2 Rosemary Marques, #3 Kris Gagnon & James Hogan, #4 Rich & Jenn Cabral, #5 Raquel Holmes, #6 Roger & Judy Gagnon, #7 Black Watch Pub, #8 Jenn Packer, #9 Lorraine Rosa, #10 Homeplate Bay St Grill, #11 Joe DiSilva, #12 Scott Travis, #13 Tom Mills, #14 Liz O'Keefe, #15 Lafayette Club, #16 Ron Emma's, #17 Dave Sherburne

Way to go everyone! Great decorations, great compliments to your delicious chili. Great job!

Special thanks to:

Paul and the Lafayette Club for letting us take over your facility.

K2Karoke; Kevin & Kim, for providing DJ/Karoke for many hours, for coming back for the 2nd year and supporting Ben's Fund, and for all your continued help. You are both great!

El Mariachi's for the chips & salsa

Quality Beverage for the Margaritaville tastings

Black Dayz for their premiere showing

THE BITTER END for rocking the house again.

To our volunteers:

Dessert makers; Margaret, Amy, Liz & Allison....yummy job!

Raffle Table: Carole & Margaret; thank you for handling that every event!

50/50 lai raffle; Linda for selling lai's! And to everyone who took a chance at it, we raised $185! Congrats to winner, Seth.

Liz; for handling all the stuff that I can't, forget about, & dont' think of. You are my rock!

Amy; registration strong arm for the day once again.

Richie; for MC'ing the entire event, making things run smoothly & making people do messed up stuff for prizes. I am sure by next year, their eyebrows & lashes will have grown back in and they will be ready to compete again. And those air guitarists, I am sure will be practicing throughout the year too!

Crystal & Mike; for photographing the entire day....making permanent memories for people to look back upon and say, "oh, crap, that was me" and for giving us stuff to bribe people with for years!

Mike Gay; for once again taking pictures for the Taunton Daily Gazette & giving Benjamin's Fund such wonderful exposure. Check out the pictures at

Thank you so much to all of you who continue to support Benjamin's Fund through donations, volunteering, making blankets, requesting donations, offering help & support, and continuing to make Benjamin's Fund a priority in your life. We appreicate your help so much and cannot do it without you....thank you.

Just a reminder also:

Benjamin's Fund is now part of the Shaws Community Rewards program. Benjamin's Fund can receive 1% of your purchases on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays after you sign up at their website. It takes only a few minutes and it is a great way for Ben's Fund to receive additional donations without holding an event. Please let others know of this great opportunity also. Simply go to & enter your shaws reward card number, you are then prompted to pick the charity. Our community ID# is 49001024494 We will then receive a quarterly check from Shaws. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this & encouraging others also.

Also, remember, Benjamin's Fund supports families whose children are terminally ill. If you know of a family in need please contact us so that we can help them.


Ben's Fund received an incredible donation of handmade quilts through our friend, Hollie and the Silver City Quilting Guild. We were able to donate a baby quilt to every baby in the NICU at Women & Infants Hospital in honor of what would have been Benjamin's 2nd birthday. We still have many beautiful quilts and are looking for donations to Ben's Fund for a quilt. Anyone wishing to make a donation in exchange for a gorgeous handmade quilt (perfect for baby shower gifts) please contact me to pick one out. Thank you.

Thank you all,

Benjamin's Fund

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