This Years DateSeptember 20th -21stFriday 20th 5-10pm Music Fest– Food & BeerSaturday 21stNoon-5pm Chili Cook-OffMusic Fest – Food & Beer til 10pm

Friday 20th 5-10pm Music Fest– Food & BeerSaturday 21stNoon-5pm Chili Cook-OffMusic Fest – Food & Beer til 10pm

Chili for Charity 2014

Sept. 19-20th    

  Saturday 5-10 pm

Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm Band

Note: This year Cooks only need to fill out Cook Form and purchase Health Permit!

The Winners for 2013.





Chili for Charity Cook-Off  

“Helping our community one bowl at a time”.




On Friday and Saturday Sept. 20-21st - at Yorkville’s Beautiful Riverfront Park our 2nd Annual Chili for Charity Cook Off and Music Fest went off without a hitch.  St Vincent DePaul Society and the Knights of Columbus put it together, but the focus was not on us, but the families in need in Kendall County and the surrounding communites, the proceeds will help  provide for their daily needs that many of us may take for granted. We’d like to thank all those who came out to the Riverfront Park to enjoy the samplings of the many delicious chili’s provided.  But chili was not our only spotlight.  We had many local musicians donate their time for all to enjoy as people wandered around, sampling  chilis and voting on their favorite,  eating hot dogs ,hamburgers,  French fries, Pop Corn…  Parents enjoyed watching their kids getting excited over the many activities, including the bouncy house, games, mini golf and yes, the noisy fire truck was there too!  Many silent auction and raffle items  that were donated from local businesses were available to bid on. Beer and wine coolers were available as people enjoyed  listening to the bands and enjoying the many other events going on.    We’d like to extend our sincere  gratitude to everyone that  came out on such a  beautiful day to help us help those in need.  


And now for the Chili winners !  



Nick Gambino,  Willow Home Care




Ken Arwood, Oswego Travel  “Chi Wow Wow Chili”



Shelly Butler,  Fox Valley Sandblasting “Blasted Chili”



Adam Heck,  Autumn Leaves Memory Care “Quantum Tunneling Chili”


Special Thanks to all the 16 cooks that participated that produced 20 different Chili’s and also to Kevin Perkins of Grapevine Tx.  who designed, made and decorated the handmade Chili for Charity Trophy Bowls.


Thanks to the judges: George Hasapis, the General Manager at Smokey’s • Steve Langlois Executive Chef at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook • David Love Operations Manager for Custom Culinary.


Additional Thanks go to:


Trish Kinnavy from TK Southbank Productions for bringing all the music and performers together.


Singer writers and accoustic performers were: Zachery Wessle-Gerry O'Keefe & Trish Kinnavy-Melissa & Steve Claussen-Francis Ryan-Tessa O'connell Maddie Brown, Brandon Weber, Andrea Zepida, JIllian Torres and  Jason Hubbard


The bands were: Hudson Crossing ,Harlan Flo,


Perfect Strangers, JON CONOVER








We’d like to thank our Sponsors who helped make this event such a success:


 Fox Valley Sandblasting & Powder Coating, Inc., Lakeview Grille


Plano Molding,The Tillers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center


Three Angels Brewing, VVF Illinois Services, LLC,


Willow Home Care, Ltd., Yorkville Parks and Recreation


Autumn Leaves of Oswego, Challenger Enterprises, Inc.


Dave's Meat Market, Grand Rental Station, Heritage Home Decor & Design, Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., R J Kuhn Inc.,R.J. O'Neill, Inc.


River City Roasters, St. Patrick Parish Men's Club


Water Wagon Softener Services


Allied First Bank, Ascension of Our Lord SVDP, Brenart Eye Clinic


CHEXx Systems, DuKane Towing, Genoa Pizza Yorkville


Heritage Woods of Yorkville, Kendall Pointe Dental


Lite Construction, Inc., Riemenschneider Electric, Inc.


Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria,Action Graphixs.


We’d also like to thank the businesses and individuals who donated items to our raffle, silent auction and made donations to the event:


Garden Faire, Ace Hardware,Yorkvillle, Athens Gyros & Kabobs, Auto Zone Yorkville, Big Daddy's Dogs, Casa Santiago, Chris & Tom Reichert,  Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro, Curves of Yorkville, Divas Delights, Fireside Grille, Foxy's Ice Cream,


Freeman Sports, Grandma's Table, Haven Medical Spa, Heaven & Hell Boot Camp, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Yorkville, Katididit Flowers, KAY Jewelers Yorkville, LA Tan Yorkville, Little Caesars Pizza Yorkville, Milhurst Ale House, "Merlin's 200,000 Miles Shop Yorkville", Nanette's Boutique, On A Wing & A Prayer, Papa John's Pizza Yorkville, Plano Molding, Reflections Metro Salon & Day Spa, Rosati's Pizza Yorkville, Rowdy's Bar & Grill, "Sewing, Etc.", Smokey's Wood Pit BBQ, Southern Belle's Pancake House,

Sugar Grove Family Fun Center, The Marmalade Tree, The Olive Gallery, Venus Nails, Yorkville Bowl, Yorkville Flower Shoppe.



Thank you again to all who participated and enjoyed the  many festive sights, sounds and smells in support of our 2nd Annual“Chili for Charity”. Your efforts will help us in assisting families in our community not only financially but with peace of mind knowing that they are not alone.  See you next year!



 A review of Chili for Charity


Deacon Dale


Shock and Awe


When we normally hear the phrase "shock and awe" we think of Shock and Awe (technically known as rapid dominance) which is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness, dominant maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an adversary's perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight. The doctrine was written by Harlan K Ullman and James P Wade in 1996 and is a product of the National Defense University of the United States.  As defined - this type of shock and awe is connected with a battle or fight between two groups which typically ends in death and destruction.  This is not exactly what I am referring to - rather my focus is on the results of yesterday's Chili for Charity chili cook off.  

The local Knights of Columbus and St Vincent de Paul Society sponsored an all day event for families - the main attraction was a chili cook off that featured 16 cooks producing 20 chilies in the competition. It was a beautiful day to be out and about for participants and observers alike. The camaraderie  between competitors was excellent with competitors helping each other out - loaning equipment and supplies to each other. The battle or fight was not among those cooking - rather the battle was against poverty and unemployment - fighting the system to help the less fortunate in our county - the victory sought was raising funds to help the needy.  The day progressed well - as planned - with a great turnout to support this second time around - Riverfront Park flooded with the yellow volunteer shirts worn by the Knights and Lady Knights. The shock was the great number of people that turned out for the event over 1,000 and the awe of everyone involved who made that day such a wonderful experience and a success!

                When we are walking alone - wandering throughout life - living an existence of loneliness and misery - not knowing where our next meal will come from - not knowing if the meal we eat will be enough to sustain us another day in a miserable situation - we are shocked and awed when God intervenes and makes things happen that changes our life for the better. We are caught off guard - pleasantly surprised when things change for the better.  We - who believe - are awed by our God who loves us so much that He is always there to help - to support - to forgive - to build new - to create something out of nothing - to give us the strength and companions that together - with His blessing - we can make our life and the lives of others better! Praise Jesus!


Deacon Dale 







The Music was Great!


Thanks to all the Artists that played all weekend!




                          Trish Kinnavy