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Why We Do What We Do

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06-20-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoToday we officially start summer, and The Big Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner. As it draws closer, please get the word out to your friends, families and colleagues about why we exist. It seems that in spite of this blog, and in spite of our webpage which can be found here, and in spite of our facebook page which can be found here, there are people all over Evergreen and the surrounding communities who have no idea what we really do.

We have a lot of fun – that’s true, and I suppose we’re pretty good at advertising all the fun things; but The Big Chili exists for the sole purpose of Raising Money for Our Volunteer Fire Departments. Men and women from  Indian Hills, Elk Creek, , Inter Canyon, Platte Canyon, Evergreen and  North Fork fire districts volunteer as firefighters to keep our mountain homes safe. This means when there is a fire or other emergency, our firefighters come home from a full day at their job, don their gear, and go fight. They are not sitting at the firehouse waiting for the call. They are not paid. To top it off, our firefighters frequently pay for their gear out of their own pockets. So The Big Chili was born, and over the years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for our fire departments. We will continue to raise funds for these selfless men and women, to ensure that our departments are well-funded and adequately equipped, and that the volunteers are fully trained, so when the moment comes we will have the best fire departments in the country.

Please mark your calendar to join us on September 9, 2012. It will be a fantastic day, filled with friendly competition, good food and great music. But most important, it is a tangible way to say Thank You to our volunteer firefighters.

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It’s All For the Firefighters

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06-04-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoSomething interesting has come to our attention, and we’re totally surprised by it. It seems that in spite of this blog, and in spite of our webpage which can be found here, and in spite of our facebook page which can be found here, there are people all over Evergreen and the surrounding communities who have no idea why The Big Chili Cook-Off exists.

Now, it’s true that we have a competition each year where chili cooks fight it out (so to speak) for kudos and local fame as The Best Chili Cook in Town. It’s also true that we provide a venue for local artisans and vendors to display their artwork, products and services. And, yes, it’s also true that we have rockin’ bands on our music stage that keep our feet tapping and our spirits soaring all day long. In fact, The Big Chili is a family-friendly, community-oriented festival that many look forward to each year.

But this is not why the Big Chili exists. The Big Chili exists for the sole purpose of Raising Money for Our Volunteer Fire Departments. Men and women from  Indian Hills, Elk Creek, , Inter Canyon, Platte Canyon, Evergreen and  North Fork fire districts volunteer as firefighters to keep our mountain homes safe. This means when there is a fire or other emergency, our firefighters come home from a full day at their job, don their gear, and go fight. They are not sitting at the firehouse waiting for the call. They are not paid. To top it off, our firefighters frequently pay for their gear out of their own pockets. So The Big Chili was born, and over the years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for our fire departments. We will continue to raise funds for these selfless men and women, to ensure that our departments are well-funded and adequately equipped, and that the volunteers are fully trained, so when the moment comes we will have the best fire departments in the country.

Please mark your calendar to join us on September 9, 2012. It will be a fantastic day, filled with friendly competition, good food and great music. But most important, it is a tangible way to say Thank You to our volunteer firefighters.

 

Funding Our Heroes

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 05-10-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoWhile the Lower North Fork fire was burning, another fire sprang up in Sawmill Gulch near Genesee which threatened homes. Eight fire districts responded and this fire was thankfully put out overnight. One of the responding fire departments was Indian Hills, and unfortunately about $2,000 worth of fire hoses was destroyed during the blaze. Where does the money come from to replace equipment when it’s lost? Sometimes it comes from donors. Sometimes it comes from the firefighters own pockets.

This is the reason we have The Big Chili Cook-Off each year in Evergreen. The Big Chili raises money not only for Indian Hills, but also for the volunteer firefighters of Elk Creek, , Inter Canyon, Platte Canyon, Evergreen and  North Fork fire districts. We hope you plan on attending – you’ll have great fun, eat fantastic food and hear some rockin’ music. But please also consider donating to The Big Chili yourself. We currently have a local business that has stepped up with a matching donation. This means that if you give this month, every dollar you donate will be matched. This instantly doubles the impact of your gift. Check The Big Chili website here for more information on how to donate. Thank you to every single one of you – this event raises the money it does because of people like you!

Thank You, Heroes

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 04-02-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoThis past week we’ve been reminded that we live amongst people who sacrifice every day for our good.  The Volunteer Firefighters of Elk Creek, Indian Hills, Inter Canyon, Platte Canyon and Evergreen have all joined the Volunteers from the North Fork Fire District in an effort to fight a bigger than average foe.  Wild fire has come to Colorado and our mountain area volunteers have put in many exhausting hours in the recent days and nights fighting this beast. Many homes and two lives have been lost because of extreme dryness and wind, and today we are thankful for moisture and cooler weather.

There are others in this community of volunteers who do not physically fight the fires but have chosen to sacrifice financially to support those who do. We thank business sponsors such as Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital and ESCO Construction who make supporting our Volunteer Fire Departments a priority. They are sponsoring our 2012 Chili Cook-Off which raises funds that supply equipment and training for our local volunteer fire fighters. These businesses are our heroes, too.

We are praying today for the safety and comfort of the families who have suffered loss during the Lower North Fork Wildfire, and the protection of our Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services and all the others who have come across state borders to help us.  We are indebted to them and thank them for their sacrifice.  Heroes are people who do what they can whenever they’re needed regardless of the possible outcome.

Chocolate Mousse Pie

Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , on 03-14-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

If you’re in a hurry, and want an extremely easy dessert, try this yummy concoction. Everyone will think you slaved over it!

Chocolate Mousse Pievolunteer firefighters in Colorado

1/3 cup hot, strong coffee

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup whipping cream, whipped

In a blender, blend coffee and chocolate chips until smooth. Fold coffee/chocolate mixture into whipped cream. Pour into a graham cracker crust, or into dessert dishes if you want to go without the crust. Chill until desired consistency. Serve and impress everyone!

1stBank Evergreen – Doing it Again

Posted in 2011, 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03-02-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

The Big Chili Cook-off Music and Arts Festival is going for bigger, better, let’s blow the doors off this year, and 1stBank Evergreen has climbed on for the ride.  They were a big sponsor last year and they have signed on again.  The Big Chili is thrilled to put our names on the same marquis as 1stBank.  They are a bank that has embedded themselves in the mountain community, offering their support to a wide variety of organizations, doing their part to keep it all moving.  It is a matter of heroes honoring heroes, when 1stBank steps up to support our Volunteer Firefighters.  As the saying goes, it takes one to know one! Thank you 1stBank!

Coming Soon

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , on 02-26-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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