Soup, Chili Cook-Off Coming Up

Heartworks Barrington's annual fundraiser is next Saturday, March 2; plenty of hot soups, chilis and music to be served.

There will be plenty of hot chilis, soups and music to go around at the fourth annual Heartworks Soup & Chili Cook-off next Saturday, March 2.

The fundraiser for Barrington's act-of-kindness group will feature five homemade soups and five homemade chilis made by Hearworks' members and friends. A prize will be awarded for the best chili and soup in each category.

"All guests get to vote," said Amy Ames, founder of Heartworks' Barrington.

The event will run  from 7 to 11:30 pm at The Event Room in the Cutler Mill in Warren. Music will be provided by Drowne Jenny of Barrington, a three-man group that has performed at each cookoff.

Grapes & Grains liquor store in Barrington is providing craft beers.

“Our mission is to reach out to those experiencing unexpected life challenges,” said Ames, who founded Heartworks in Barrington more than five years go. “It was started as a result of the outpouring of kindness that America experienced after the 9-11 attacks on the world trade center."

“There are now eight Heartworks groups in the nation engaging over 750 women,” she said. “Proceeds from this event will go directly to help those families in town and in our surrounding community experiencing the effects of grief, loss and medical challenges.”

Among Heartworks' most recent efforts, she said, is giving rides to people undergoing chemotherapy and  providing meals for people experiencing grief or a medical illness.

"We try to normalize life's challenges," she said. "We run through the generosity and donations of local people. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year."

Cost of the cookoff is $25 per person paid in advance or $30 at the door. You can get tickets at the website, www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/616271/ or by mailing a check to Box 292 in Barrington.

Send an email to heartworksri@gmail.com with questions.


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