Last month, on Saturday, February 24th, El Rio BBQ held their 6th Annual Chili Cook Off, a incredibly successful event with more than 15 participants, emcees Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp from Greater Tuna, and $101,000 pesos raised going to several local charities!
Another beautiful Saturday at Kurt Sinner’s El Rio BBQ along the Rio Cuale in Paso Ancho. Hollis again did an outstanding job on the riblets this year.
The Jay Sadler Project, sponsor of the fund-raising event raised $101,000 pesos, thanks to our participants: 104.3 wake up show on Saturday morning with Michael Nolan, Radio Universidad Guadalajara 9 to 11, Anglers Anonymous, Captain Don’s Sports Bar, Casa Anita and Corona Del Mar, D’Z Route 66 Diner, El Torito Sports Bar, Escondida Sports Bar, Kelly’s Pour Favor, Lighthouse Specialty Foods, Luke’s Bar, Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecon, Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Sports Bar, Navy League/R.I.S.E. and Torpedos Football Americano. In addition, PV Cupcakes donated $4,180 pesos from the event to charities. Sponsors: Print PV, Patron Tequila, StratosMedia Vallarta
Emcees were Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp. Two of the 22 zany characters from Greater Tuna, a satirical comedy about small towns, small minds and big hearts, now playing at Incanto in Puerto Vallarta. All 22 characters are portrayed by two men, Tracy Parks and Ron Spencer. There are 42 lightning fast costume changes in the show which will keep you laughing from start to finish. For tickets please visit www.incantovallarta.com.
Popularity Vote: 1st Place - Nacho Daddy - Chili #3, 2nd Place - Hotel Casa Anita - Chili #2, 3rd Place - Escondida Sports Bar - Chili #13
Professional Judging Vote: 1st Place - Captain Dons – Chili #12, 2nd Place - American Legion/Anglers Anonymous – Chili #9, 3rd Place - Nacho Daddy – Chili #3
Music provided by: Zoe Lewis, Mikki Prost, Da Crew and The Texas Embassy Blues Band featuring vocalist Sean Moore
All proceeds from the cook-off go to local charities and the community:
Estancia Sabrina Projecto Busca un Amigo A.C. – Day care center for children with disabilities.
DIF New Life Home for Boys – Young boys who have had a troubled past. DIF is a Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families. This year one boy was awarded a full scholarship to Monterrey Institute of Technology to play football.
The REFUGIO INFANTIL SANTA ESPERANZA (Children’s Shelter of Hope), also known as R.I.S.E. has given children in Puerto Vallarta, hope for a better life. R.I.S.E. is a non-profit shelter for babies and children up to the age of 14 who have been turned over by DIF. DIF is a Mexican government organization that protects the rights of children. Scholarships to play Torpedos American Football.
Torpedos American Football A.C. – Pop Warner youth football for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Donations are made for equipment.
Jay Sadler Community Relations Projects A.C.– In 2017, 30 projects were completed and in 2016 18 projects. During the past 5 years 100 projects. www.jaysadlerproject.com
Anglers Anonymous is a non-profit fishing club located on the Central Coast of California with memberships all the way to the San Joaquin Valley. The initial objective is to bring 4 to 6 veterans American/Canadian combat vets plus one sponsor to Puerto Vallarta for 5 days of FISHING AND R&R. Arrive Wednesday July 25th and depart Monday July 30th. Wayne Lucas of Luke’s Bar is working with the Canadian police association on this project. The Jay Sadler Project has pledged $20,000 pesos in support. Jeff Dana, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is leading the effort in Puerto Vallarta. Stan Francis who finished 2nd in the Popularity Vote provided the chili. 100% of proceeds raised goes toward putting veterans on boats for a full day of all expense paid fishing!
The Jay Sadler Project Community Relations (COMREL) program provides necessary resources to improve various charities and non-profit institutions in the Banderas Bay area. The Jay Sadler Project is an approved IJAS Charity and works with the Fundación Punta de Mita. The Foundation can issue a tax deductible 501 C receipt for donations from the US and similar receipts for donations received from Canada and Mexico.
Thanks also goes out to the PV Municipality, DIF and Transito for their assistance on highway banners announcing the cook-off.