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They heated things up with a Chili Cook-Off and had more than a little luck with a St. Patrick's Day Dance. In March, two events organized by St. George Men's Group raised $6,500 for great causes.
On March 9, a crowd of nearly 250 tasted chili creations whipped up by 15 local chefs during the first annual Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-Off at Our Lady of Mercy in Madison. The fun event, which included live music supplied by the Shiny Lapel Trio, focused its fundraising effort on food for those in need locally, and raised $3,000, said group co-founder Jim Mancini.
"We were able to give the money to local food banks, by giving $1,500 to the Guilford Foundation and $1,500 to the Madison Foundation," said Mancini.
Each foundation then channeled the funds to food banks in their respective towns.
On the heels of the cook-off, St. George Men's Group put on a St. Patrick's Day Dance fundraising effort, with the support of the Guilford Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), including VFW Commander Larry Santamaria and entertainment provided by John Saville. The event raised $3,500 for the Wounded Warriors Project, said Mancini.
"It's a great national organization, working to support veterans that have come back wounded to carry on with their lives," said Mancini.
St. George Men's Group was founded in 2012 by seven members. The group quickly grew to 20 and recently added several more through an invited membership drive. The group is designed to react quickly to community needs and service programs brought to the attention of its members.
St. George Men's Group started off its community service work by raising $1,500 during the town Tree Lighting in December 2012. The money kick-started a Town Green tree replacement fundraising effort to replace several mature trees which had been toppled by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012.
The group's motto is "Gentlemen answering the call for social justice through good works." It is affiliated with St. George Catholic Church of Guilford. For more information about St. George Men's Group, visit www.stgeorgemensgroup.org.