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Brian's Brigade - Supporting St. Theresa in Arlington Diocese 2020 WorkCamp

St. Theresa 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off - RESCHEDULED

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of Brian Hughes on Monday, Feb. 3rd. Beloved husband, father and friend. Brian was adamant that this event carry on.  It has been rescheduled to the Snow Date of Saturday, Feb. 22nd. Please join us in making this a wonderful event in his honor!

Think you make the best chili and want to prove it?  Here is your opportunity!

On February 22, 2020, "Brian's Brigade" will be hosting its 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff to raise money to support St. Theresa's participation in the Arlington Diocese 2020 WorkCamp.  Workcamp is a week long, unplugged experience for the high school teens of our Diocese where they serve their fellow Virginians by making their homes warmer, safer and drier.  It is an intense conversion experience through service, community, and prayer.  

FAQS:

1.  What exactly IS Brian's Brigade?    

Brian's Brigade is an army of people that have come together to support Brian Hughes.  Brian and his family are parishoners at St. Theresa and Brian has two children who attended St. Theresa School.  Brian was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer almost 5 years ago and painstakingly endured almost 100 rounds of chemo.  Although Brian entered hospice care in August of 2019, we continue to trust in God's plan for our good!

Because so many people have asked how they can help Brian in this battle, he has asked us to put together an army of support, "Brian's Brigade." Brian's Brigade hosts events throughout the year to help raise money for various causes within the parish that are near to our hearts.  This year, all proceeds from the Chili Cookoff will support St. Theresa's participation in the 2020 Arlington Diocese Workcamp.  

The entire St. Theresa community has done so much for our family and continues to be our well of support that never runs dry. 

Because it takes an army... 

...WE are Brian's Brigade.

2.  Do I have to make chili to attend? 

No!  Just buy tickets!  Go the St. Theresa parish webpage https://www.eservicepayments.com/cgi-bin/Vanco_ver3.vps?appver3=Fi1giPL8kwX_Oe1AO50jRrDP6DwBepuGp-JJyQcJfwbHO3iVYxvvxhHjRfLOeq662EvVVAEjqawDomKT1pbouZF0s23LkhxKNiQO57YS93c=  and  purchase discounted tickets online.  Cost is $10 per ticket/$40 per family for advance sales or $15 per ticket/$50 per family at the door.  This entrance fee allows you to taste all of the chilis and to vote for your favorite.  With each individual ticket comes one voting chip; family tickets come with 4 voting chips.  Additional chips will be available for purchase at $3 each or 2 for $5.  You hold the power!  (Please bring cash)

3.  What if I want to bring a chili?

Sign up below!  It will cost $50 to enter your chili in the contest, payable on the parish website (use link above). This also covers the entrance fee for you and your family!  This contestant fee includes only 1 voting chip since we are trying to keep this as unbiased as possible.  But since this is a fundraiser, you are welcome to buy as many additional chips as desired either on the website in advance or at the event. 

**Please do not include the name of your chili on the signup genius so that we can keep this as  anonymous as possible.** 

After you signup and pay online, you will be contacted by the organizer, Viki Hughes, with all the logistical details.   

4.  How will the chilis be judged? 

Everyone votes!  As mentioned above, each person will get a voting chip with an individual ticket purchase and family tickets will get 4 chips.  Just place your chip in the box next to your favorite chili.  The chili with the most chips wins!  Easy peasy! Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!  And if you simply can't pick just one chili as your favorite, you can purchase additional chips and vote as many times as your wallet will allow.

5.  I have won waaay too many other chili cookoffs and would like to give someone else a chance to win.  Can I bring something other than chili?

Yes, please!  We definitely will need other food and are counting on it!  Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share.  See the signup genius below for some suggestions for tex-mex items.  Or feel free to add any other foods you love that aren't listed.

6.  My kids are coming and they won't eat chili.  Will there be other food? 

Yes!  There will be hotdogs, chips, snacks, soda and bottled water for sale not to mention all the sides people will bring.  We will also have water coolers available.  And we will pray for your kids that they will someday embrace the deliciousness of chili. 

7.  Will adult beverages be available? 

Beer and wine will be available for purchase.  Score!

8..  How else can I help?

We also need help with check-in, kid's and snack table, raffle table, chili servers, setup and cleanup. Please consider signing up below!

Date: 02/22/2020 (Sat.)

Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm EST

Location: St. Theresa School Gym

Created by:   Brian's Brigade
 
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What are you bringing?

Chili (50)

Please include email address on comment line. Further details on delivery, quantity, etc will be provided to contestants via email.

 
24 of 50 slots filled
Viki Hughes
Blanca Ramirrz
Los Perez
Maureen Sidor
David and Heather Lilly
bringing the heat
Rachel Revelle
Heidi Hanley
Michael Dunne
Barbara De Cardona
Patricia Suarez
Mindy Celentano
Suzannah Susser
Vicki Hutchinson
Babette Spellmeyer
Catherine Branly
Cathy's home made chili
Jason Campiti
Lisa Paul
Lucia Foulkes
Eddie Herrera
Michael Reiland
Joanne Moore
Sue Demski
Johanna Waisley
Chris Joseph
Angela Haberland

Cornbread (10)

 
All slots filled
Maureen Sidor
Heidi Hanley
Barbara De Cardona
Sarah And Phil Knecht
Catherine Branly
2 dozen muffins
Joanne Moore
Cindy Stalcup
Kathleen Quinn
Rachel Revelle
Johanna Waisley

Chips & Salsa (10)

Please bring ready to serve!

 
8 of 10 slots filled
Tricia Suarez
Nancy Pizzino
Suzannah Susser
Kate Shanley
Bonnie Akin
Sue Demski
Tara Franzonello
Jodi St.George

Dip (Corn, Bean, 7 layer, etc) (10)

 
5 of 10 slots filled
Marybeth McConnell
Kate Shanley
Kathy Hoehner
Mindy Celentano
Heather Lilly
7 Layer Dip

Guacamole (5)

 
4 of 5 slots filled
Catherine Branly
1 large bowl
Laura Lanham
Large size
Claire Mello
Dianne Mabery

Queso (5)

 
3 of 5 slots filled
Rachel Revelle
Ann Potak
Gabe Rodriguez

Rice (5)

 
4 of 5 slots filled
Barbara De Cardona
Kristin Veazey
Andwele Mwansasu
Claudia Gouvea

Fritos (5)

 
All slots filled
Marybeth McConnell
Suzannah Susser
Kate Shanley
Bonnie Akin
Tara Franzonello

Dessert (20)

 
17 of 20 slots filled
Maureen Sidor
Brownies
Barbara De Cardona
Marybeth McConnell
Kristin Veazey
Tracy Johnson (2)
Cookies
Kate Shanley
Kathy Hoehner
Sarah And Phil Knecht
Decadent Chocolate Cake
Catherine Branly
24 cupcakes
Ann Weber
Cookies
Joanne Moore
Kathleen Quinn
Rachel Revelle
Jodi St.George
Christina Smaltz
allergy friendly cookies
Jena Hammel

Other Food (please list what you are bringing)

 
1 slot filled - more available
Christina Smaltz
Veggie tray

Sour Cream (4)

 
All slots filled
Suzanne Marron (3)
Ann Potak

Shredded Cheese (5)

 
All slots filled
Myriam Perez (5)

Saltine Crackers (3)

 
All slots filled
Suzanne Marron (2)
Johanna Waisley

Set-up (8)

Volunteers will be asked to arrive at 5:00 to help set up, receive chilis and organize tables

 
All slots filled
Kevin Demski
Tracy Johnson
Andwele Mwansasu
Bonnie Akin
Vicki Hutchinson
Carina Rodriguez
Lucia Foulkes
Claudia Gouvea

Clean-up (8)

The most coveted slot! If we are able to get 8 people, clean-up shouldn’t last more than 30 minutes!

 
All slots filled
Mindy Celentano (3)
Joey, Jack and Emma Celentano
Kristin Veazey (2)
Suzannah Susser
David, Suzannah, Ari, Lyra
Carina Rodriguez
Johanna Waisley

Check-in Table (8)

These volunteers will help collect money, sell tickets and check people in. Please plan to arrive by 5:45 for instructions.

 
6 of 8 slots filled
Blanca Ramirrz
Blanca Ramirez
Kate Shanley (2)
Tom and Kate
Katrina Potak
Katrina Potak
Cindy Stalcup
Maria Stalcup
Kathleen Quinn

Beer and Wine Sales - Knights of Columbus only (4)

These Knights will setup, stock and serve beer and wine during the event as well as tear down the bar after. Please plan to arrive NLT 5:30.

 
All slots filled
Mike Scarola
Miguel Rodriguez
Joe POTAK
David Lilly
David Lilly

Chili Servers (Great job for teens!) (50)

These volunteers will be asked to scoop the chili for the tasters. The goal of this is to standardize portions. These volunteers will be asked to arrive NLT 6:15 and stay next to their assigned chili until the winners are announced.

 
25 of 50 slots filled
Blanca Ramirrz (2)
Vanessa and Jaimito Perez
Mindy Celentano (3)
Joey, Jack and Emma Celentano
Viki Hughes (2)
Adam and Peter Hughes
Suzannah Susser
Ari
Kathy Hoehner
Drew
Hannah Ott
James O’Brien
Eddie Herrera (3)
Nick, Jax, and Gabe
Rodrigo Martinez Lara (2)
Rodrigo and Diego
Kathleen Quinn (2)
Holland & Jude
Grace Campiti
& John
Johanna Waisley (3)
Joanne Moore
Jack Moore
Grace Vannell (2)
Emma and Morgan

Raffle Table (2)

Volunteers will help set up and sell raffle tickets at the raffle prize table. Vo.unteers should plan to arrive NLT 6:00.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Sandra Fernandes

Kid’s table (4)

Volunteers needed to help cook, wrap and sell hot dogs. Volunteers must be able to cook the hot dogs in the STS oven and will be asked to arrive NLT 5:30.

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Joanne Moore (2)
Paul Moore, Melodie Moore

Snacks table (Great job for Teens!) (4)

Volunteers will give out drinks and snacks. Please plan to arrive no later than 6:00 to set up the table and chill the drinks.

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Andwele Mwansasu (2)
Isabella and Angela Rutta

Runners (4)

Volunteers will restock and cleanup during the event, throw away trash, clearing empty trays, restocking paper products, etc. These are the go-tos.

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Mindy Celentano
Johanna Waisley
Ann Potak
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