Gloria Waber. Chelsea Quiroga       Mary Beth Logas,  John A Machonga

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2nd Annual Chili Cookoff






That wonderful time of the year; that starts with a "C" is fast approaching.

Yes, its time for our Chili Cook Off

Sunday 13 October is the date, with doors opening at 11:00 AM

Eric "Captain Chili 2018" will be back to defend his crown.

Among the Chefs challenging him will be last year's first runner up Debbie "The Kiwanis Princess"; Jim "The Big Ladle"; Erin "USMC Chili"; Cathi Giancana; plus new comers,Vince "The Magoo", Paul "Star Fleet's Best"; Beverly "A Basehit Every Time".

The place will be the Guerin College Prep Cafeteria; 8001 W Belmont; River Grove IL.  

The cost is $15.00 per person, which allows to sample the Chili until its all gone; plus an entry into our door prize drawing for one of 3 TV's (winner need not be present)

Our winning Chef(s) will be determine two ways:

A Vote by our Judges


By the Chef that raises the most in (coins only) the most to help our veterans.

Soda, Water and Beer will be available for purchase.

Additionally, there will be items on our raffle table (separate tickets will need to be purchased)

Dateline 14 October, 2018 River Grove, IL

First Annual Chili Cook Off

Past Events

     It was a little chilly outside, but inside it was REAL CHILI as over 100 people gathered to enjoy the CHILI COOK OFF hosted by the American Veterans Community Trust Co, NFP.  The competition was spicy as 8 Chefs were squared off in friendly combat.  When the chili's settled Eric "Chili Bean" Edged out Debbie "The Kiwanis Princess" 9817 to 8756 and was named "CAPT CHILI 2018.  The affair was held to raise funds that will be used to support programs for U.S.A. Armed Forces Veterans and their families. 

  EMCEE John Machonga and our 2018 chili cook off winner, Eric "Chili Bean".

L to R: Sgt Chester Gordon, MSgt Phillip Herrera, Eric "Chili Bean,' Cpl Chino Dyer and Cpl Sammy Calixto. 

L-R Joe Spiner, Andy Giancana, Doc Adams and Jimmy MacFarland Sr




     Members joined for breakfast with the American Legion Post #556 on Saturday, November3, 2018 at Cantigny Park, home of First Division Museum, Wheaton, IL.  A check was donated by American Veterans Community Trust Fund for $ 2,000.00 to benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, also in Wheaton.  Executive Director of the First Division Museum, Paul Hubert, pleasantly surprised everyone with a matching gift of $2,000.00.  We are deeply grateful for the extraordinary generosity of Paul Herbert.


L-R Paul Herbert, Andy Giancana, Doc Adams and Joe Spiner

Photo by Lydia Rypcinski 

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