The second annual Chili Cook-Off will be held Saturday, March 20, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Elgin.
This time around, the event will take on a more serious tone as three charities assisting the homeless in earthquake-stricken Haiti will benefit from proceeds from the event.
According to organizer Bob Moore, free will donations will be accepted that night and will be divided equally to be sent off to Compassion International, Catholic Relief and Christianville, all working to relieve the human suffering in Haiti.
He said chili entries will be judged in three categories: mild, hot and unique.
The winning entries will receive Elgin Bucks.
Judging of the chili entries will begin at 4 p.m., one hour before the doors open for the public.
When the doors open at 5 p.m., the public will have three hours to sample chili as the food will be served till 8 p.m.
Later in the evening, a talent show will be held. A number of time slots have already been filled up. Anyone wishing to take part is encouraged to contact Moore.