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BANDON — People dodged steady, cold raindrops to enjoy hot chili, cornbread and beverages at a chili cook-off Saturday at the Restoration Worship Center in Bandon. The event was a fundraiser for Relay for Life Coos County and also featured a dessert auction. Between 60 and 70 people attended, according to organizers, who were pleased with the turnout.

Relay for Life Chili Cook-off

Sharon McCloskey of Coos Bay serves up chili made by Dale Rhodes of North Bend at the Relay for Life Coos County Chili Cook-off fundraiser Saturday afternoon in Bandon. Rhodes won second place for his chili made with elk and deer meat and a mixture of beans, served topped with cheese and onions. His prize was two tickets to Brews & Giggles, the next Relay for Life fundraiser, set for April 28 at the Egyptian Theatre. 

"We're very thankful to the church for allowing us to come in and use their space," said Tammy Northcutt of North Bend, publicity chairwoman for Relay for Life Coos County 2018.

Attendees were treated to a "flight," consisting of a taste of each chili entered into the cook-off and were asked to judge the entries. After voting, they were invited to go back for a bowl of their favorite chili. 

Clyde and Cloretta Huffman of Bandon said they enjoy these kind of activities and like to support Relay for Life. They attended with friends from Coquille. 

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Relay for Life Chili Cook-off

Suzanne and Dennis McDonell taste and judge their flights of chili at the Relay for Life Coos County Chili Cook-off, held Saturday in Bandon.

The winning chili, which was prepared by Ann Hernandez of Bandon, was a white bean pepper jack chicken chili. She received a $50 cash prize. Dale Rhodes of North Bend won second place for his elk and deer meat chili with a mixture of beans. Rhodes received two tickets to the next Relay for Life Coos County fundraiser — Brews & Giggles, set for April 28 at the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay. The third-place prize — a $10 gift certificate to Face Rock Creamery — was awarded to Rachel Halpenny, who prepared a three meat, three bean chili. Halpenny is this year's Relay team development chairwoman.

Relay For Life is a community fundraising event to fund cancer research and patient care programs offered through the American Cancer Society and its partners. Some of those things include rides to and from appointments, lodging while away from home for treatment, prevention education, and a 24-hour call center at 1-800-ACS-2345, where people can get information about a cancer diagnosis, talk to oncology nurses, be connected with a clinical trials matching service, or find out what partner programs are available in their area.

Relay for Life Coos County, with the theme "Superheroes" will be held June 22 and 23 in Coos Bay. On June 22, a luminaria ceremony will be held from 9:30-10 p.m. along the Coos Bay Boardwalk. On June 23, a block party will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 7 Devil's Brewery. The brewery's parking lot will be roped off for the event, which will feature speakers, booths, live music and activities, all designed to raise funds for ACS.

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Relay for Life Chili Cook-off

Julie Carr of Coos Bay, left, and her daughter Cassidy Carr (partially hidden), receive tastes of the six chili entries in the Chili Cook-off held Saturday in Bandon. The event raised funds for Relay for Life Coos County. 

Everyone is welcome to participate in the events. Those interested in being on a team, sponsoring at team or volunteering in some way can visit www.relayforlife.org/cooscountyor or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RFLCoosCounty or call 541-260-4017 or 541-260-2273 for more information on how to get involved with Relay for Life Coos County. 

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