The fourth annual Holiday Heroes Chili Cook Off will be held at the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Hall Nov. 8.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the Holiday Heroes program, which enables underprivileged children to enjoy a shopping spree shortly before the Christmas holiday.
The event is sponsored jointly by Bellevue’s police and fire departments and the Bellevue Public Schools, all of which have engaged in energetic competition in recent years trying to win the coveted “People’s Choice” award.
Last year, for the first time in the three-year history of the event, the police department wrested the trophy from the fire department in a close-fought contest widely regarded as an upset.
The police and fire teams are not the only contestants, although the award has yet to be won by anyone else.
Last year saw 18 teams compete.
The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and tickets cost $10 at the door for anyone aged 9 and up.
The ticket buys a bowl of house chili, cornbread and the opportunity to sample each of the competing chilis. It also buys three votes in the form of tickets that can be deposited with the favored team.
Additional tickets, or votes, will be available for purchase.
The program was created by the Bellevue Police Department in 2007 and enabled 25 children to enjoy a Christmas shopping spree.
Last year that figure grew to about 100 children.
For more information, or to make a donation, call Community Policing Coordinator Roger Cox at 402-682-6623 or email him at email@example.com.