The service for Larry Velasquez will be Saturday, April 30, at 2:00 PM, CST, at the BreakPoint Community Church, 10001 W 88th St., OP, KS. Larry's Celebration of Life will follow at 3:00 PM at the Overland Park Elks Lodge, 10201 w 85th Street.
From Jon Tupper: Due to the untimely death of Larry Valasquez, we are canceling the Vines & GRIND CCO. The service for Larry are Saturday, so most, if not all of our cooks will be at the service. We will be looking to reschedule asap.
Several CASI members have called with sad news that Larry Valasquez, a well known chili cook and CASI Referee, was killed in a car accident on the way home from the Kansas CCO this last weekend. No further details are available right now. As we learn more we will post it. Please keep this family in your thought and prayers.
Pendery’s Charity Chili Cookoff Bonus Funds Still Available!
Each year, Bonus Money is provided to local non-profits to encourage extra fundraising during the Cookoff. For every dollar raised by the non-profit, we will donate an additional dollar until the Bonus Fund is exhausted. For the first two years of the event, the charities raised just over the required amount, so they each received the donations they solicited as well as the matching bonus funds provided by event sponsors.
The bonus funds have increased each year, and for the first time this year, non-profits did not raise money equal to their allotted bonus fund and in essence “left money on the table.”
At this time, there are $11,382 dollars left unclaimed in the Bonus Pool!
But the Haggerty family still wants to give the money away to charity, so it’s been decided to offer the remaining funds in the Bonus Pool to all of the Pendery’s Cookoff Charities on a pro-rated basis based on the amount of money they can raise in the next two weeks. The match could be 1:1, .50:1, 2:1, depending on how much money is raised in total by the participating charities.
To be eligible for matching funds, donations must be made by midnight on April 24th. (Two weeks after the Cookoff.) Donations can be made on the Pendery’s event website: http://cookoff.penderys.com
(Look under the cookoff section and then click on tickets - scroll down to the donate section and make your donation to the CASI Scholarship Fund on line.)
Checks may also be written “For the Benefit of CASI” ,
“Pendery’s FBO Charity CASI” and mailed to the following:
Attn: Pendery’s Charity Cookoff
1221 Manufacturing St
Dallas TX 75207
In summary, if you donate on line at Pendery’s or mail a check, your donation will count more; because Pendery’s will match a portion of the total donated to each charity.
If you wish to donate to one of the other Pendery’s charities, just follow the instructions above and write in that charity’s name.
Announcement from the CASI IT Team:
The online membership payment system went live on the casichili.net website; for new and renewal CASI memberships. This is only for payment for your CASI membership; a member's points and information will still be viewed on mychili.org or chili.org, until the full new CASI membership programs go live in a few months.
Please share with your CASI Pod members and any prospective CASI members.
To join or renew a CASI membership, visit the website and then click on the "Join" tab:
CASI is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization of the Internal Revenue Code-EIN-74-2330479 Contributions are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. We receive tax-deductible bequests, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106,or 2522.