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Mathews Rotary to manage Chili Cook-Off

The Mathews Rotary Club is taking on the responsibility of managing the seventh annual Chili Cook-Off.

“We realized that the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad was not going to be able to continue this great event, so we asked them if we could take over for them and still provide some funds to Operation AED,” said Chili Cook-Off Committee Chairman Bill Stearns. “They agreed; so Mathews Rotary is in full swing to revive this fun community fundraiser on Super Bowl Saturday, February 12th, 2022.”

The establishment of the Chili Cook-Off came about when MVRS realized that Mathews needed more outside AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) which would be available 24/7 and spread throughout the entire county. However, with limited funds for such a project, Operation AED was created in 2014 and the Chili Cook-Off was the fundraiser selected. Since Operation AED began, MVRS, churches and businesses have placed 22 outside AEDs in Mathews County.

The way the Chili Cook-Off works is that a...

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