Thank you, everyone, for a successful event!

I want to express my appreciation to the many individuals, companies and organizations who contributed to the success for our 12th annual Chili Cook-Off and Barn Dance held the weekend of Feb. 15-17, 2013, at the Ellis County Youth Expo Center.

Many thanks to our sponsors: the Chili Appreciation Society International and the local NOW POD chapter; Vintage Bank; First Financial Bank, N.A.; Wayne Boze Funeral Home; GAF Elk Corporation; Citizens National Bank; Ennis State Bank; state Rep. Jim Pitts; Norma Epstein, Remax – Ennis; Peggy Atwell; F. O. & O Inc.; Holcim (US) Inc.; Waxahachie Newspapers Inc.; Mild Bill’s Spice Company; Estes Electric Inc.; Schirm USA Inc.; The Nay Company Inc.; Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP; Parrish-Hare Electric Supply; Dartco of Texas LP; Page Bishop, Texas Cooperative Extension; Jerry and Mary Helen Smith; JTEKT Automotive Texas; H-E-B; KBS Services; BBG Services Inc./Personnel Services; Carol Wright; H2O Steel Contractors; Advanced  Maintenance Technology, LLC; Ellis County Insurance Agency; VLP Contractors; and Brad Shotts.

Many thanks to all who donated items for both our silent auction and six-item raffle, which we could not have done without your generosity. A special thanks is extended to Peggy Atwell for sponsoring the junior cook-off and Estes Electric Inc. for sponsoring the local/novice cook-off again this year.
And we cannot express our appreciation enough to our many volunteers and chili judges who continue to donate their weekend for our annual event; to Terry Nay and Jackie Miller Jr. for their continued support; a special thank you to the employees of Vintage Bank for taking the lead; to our board of directors for their many hours in meeting, planning and working our annual event; and, of course, to Teresa Evans, Gingerbread House forensic interviewer, for making it through another cook-off and barn dance; and, lastly, to Brad Shotts, our board president, for his support and his willingness to donate his time from his already busy schedule.  

Thank you to all for your support in helping us help the child abuse victims in Ellis County
and continuing to believe that we can make a difference in their lives and in our community.

John Wyckoff,

Executive Director

The Gingerbread House

(Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center)


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