2nd Annual Hometown Heroes Chili Cook-Off & Family Festival
SEPTEMBER 15, 2018: SCHWEIGER RANCH, LONE TREE, COLORADO
The Story of How the Annual Chili Cook-Off Began
After Detective Dan Brite, of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, was shot in September of 2016, the Douglas County Elks, Castle Rock Kiwanis and Castle Rock Knights of Columbus organized a pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise money for Detective Brite and the Fallen Officer Fund. This fundraiser was held in October 2016 at the Phillip S. Miller park in Castle Rock, and over $6,000.00 was raised at that event. Because of the success of that fundraiser, the three community groups decided to form an informal planning committee with members of each group, and continue to work together on future annual fundraising projects.
The next year, the committee met with Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, who further explained that the Douglas County Fallen Officer Fund provided support not only for the Sheriff’s department personnel, but all of the law enforcement agencies in the county, as well as their families and administrative personnel. The committee recognized that this was a cause worthy of support and it was decided to pursue another event to raise funds for the Fallen Officer Fund. http://www.dcsheriff.net/fallen-officer-fund/
With the participation of all of the police agencies in Douglas County as well as South Metro Fire, the community groups planned the First Annual Hometown Heroes Chili Cook Off. This was held in October 2017 at O’Brien Park in Parker, CO. All of the agencies and South Metro Fire competed for the best red or green chili and over $7,200.00 was raised for the Fallen Officers Fund.
The fun, friendly competition and the financial success of the day, dictated that this would become an annual event.
This year the Castle Rock Eagles have joined the planning committee and we are adding more family oriented events and activities. In addition there are sponsorship opportunities that will include chili entries by the sponsors. The Elks, Kiwanis, Knights and Eagles each do great things on their own in our communities. Working together has made it possible to pool our service oriented ideas and experiences to help make this a great fundraising event for a very important cause.
In the end, this is all about supporting our hometown heroes and their families and raising money to support the wounded and fallen officers that protect our own families, neighbors and communities each day.