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 July 19th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office participates in Chili Cookoff to benefit charity
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office participated in the 2012 Chili Cook Off which took place July 14 at the Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.  This year's theme was "The Greatest Moments in Sports." The Sheriff's Office booth was designed around the 1999 Women's World Cup U.S. soccer team champions.

"Our Chili Cookoff team raised $2,267 for the Boys and Girls Club," Sheriff Mascara said. "The individual members of the Sheriff's Office and the agency itself participate in community functions throughout the year to support the community that has been so supportive of us."

The Sheriff's Office, in addition to selling hot dogs, chili, nachos, sno-cones and beverages, held a raffle for a chance to win a "sports package" with a large cooler full of sporting items and several gift certificates for dining out, two free months at Kraken Shoot Fighting donated by Deputy Wheeler, and a $60 photo session donated by Heather Jackson.

Chili cookoff committee members were: Pat Walsh, Mary Lou Puchala, Genynne Rodriguez, Christine Giaccone and Debbie Wesley.

In addition, agency members who volunteered were: Donna Carmichael, Heather Gray, Mr.. and Mrs. Brian Hester, Grant King, Vince and Catherine LaValle, Kurt Mittwede, Garrhett Mittwede, Michelle Stiers, Tammy Schwab, Leah Stephens, Chaplain David Thompson.

Competition Chili was prepared by Mary Gajewski. Santi Briglia designed and painted the booth. The kids slide and sno-cone machine were donated by Chuck Badger. The chili eating contest participant was Frank Ferencz. Competing in the Little Miss Chili Pepper contest was Madison Jackson, daughter of Jeff and Heather Jackson. Competing in the Little Mr. Chili Pepper contest was Tony Giaccone, the son of Christine Giaccone. Competing in the talent contest singing was Jennifer Perkins.

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