‘Presidential' Chili Bowl raises money for hospice|
Friday, September 21, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion
Hundreds turned out last night to support a great cause for Clearfield County and surrounding communities when the annual Clearfield Hospital Hospice Chili Bowl fundraiser was held at the Expo II Building.
Most of us don't like to think about the end of life for ourselves or our loved ones. However, it's a fact of life that we're only here for a period of time. The role of hospice is to make the transition out of this life easier for the patient and families. However, hospice cannot do it without help from the community.
Dana Wilson, coordinator of both volunteers and the annual Chili Bowl, said Clearfield Hospital Hospice helps patients in five counties and relies heavily on the funds raised to help as many as possible. Hospice is there to fill in the gaps for what insurance doesn't cover, or helps even more for patients who don't have any insurance. No one is turned away for lack of insurance coverage.
The bulk of the money, Wilson said, is used to provide extra help to families where family members are either scattered across the country or small in number. Unfortunately, hospice is forced to limit the amount of help by financial brackets due to limited resources, but Wilson said their goal is to someday have enough funds to offer the service to everyone, regardless of financial situation.
Other ways the money is used is to provide needed equipment, nutritional supplements and so on. According to information provided to participants last night, 259 patients and families benefited from the Chili Bowl fundraiser.
Some of the money went for extra aide care hours, purchasing medication boxes, journals, shower chairs, monitors, educational booklets and personalized memorial mementos sent to the family as well as many other things.
Hospice offers a grief camp for children and teens and various support groups for grieving families.
Another way hospice helps is to provide final celebrations of anniversaries, birthdays or holidays to give the families a final good memory of that day.
"End of life care can be financially burdensome," Wilson noted, and hospice works to make that final transition easier for the family and patient. "All of (the money) goes right back to patients and their needs."
The Chili Bowl itself grew from a small event held at the Clearfield Mall to a huge, community involved event at the Expo II building, boasting 45 competitors this year as well as a basket raffle, a 50-50 drawing, a raffle for a bike and for artwork as well as other, smaller raffles conducted by contestants.
There were also sales of t-shirts, hotdogs, drinks and so on, as well as games for kids.
There are three divisions for entry: the church division, the restaurant division and the open division. Awards are given in each division. Other awards include the spirit award, artistic award, the humanitarian award that goes to the group which raised the most money, and finally the people's choice award, voted on those attending and sampling the chili.
This year's theme was "Hail to the Chief" and contestants found a variety of ways to reflect the theme, from a booth featuring President Theodore Roosevelt to a couple booths featuring Secret Service agents, including one with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. There were booths focused more on a patriotic theme, booths recalling Presidents Lincoln and Washington, a booth campaigning for Snoopy for President and another featuring Presidential Disasters.
A complete winner's list was not available at press time, however some of the winners included Clearfield Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Luigi's Ristorante, Dutch Pantry Restaurant, Clearfield Chamber of Commerce and J.C. Penney Salon.
The winners' list will be published as soon as it becomes available to The Progress.