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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: SEK Humane Society to host chili feed for funds

  • For a couple of years the Southeast Kansas Humane Society tried having its annual chili dinner in March.



    But, bowing to popular pressure, the event will again coincide with the Super Bowl.

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  • For a couple of years the Southeast Kansas Humane Society tried having its annual chili dinner in March.
    But, bowing to popular pressure, the event will again coincide with the Super Bowl.
    The 37th annual SEK Humane Society chili dinner is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
    “The carry-outs are perfect for people to use at their Super Bowl Sunday parties,” noted Mary Kay Caldwell, SEK Humane Society board president. “We’re looking forward to having lots of carry-outs.”
    Those who wish to get fancy can set out chopped onion and shredded cheese  to top their party chili, and Caldwell also suggests serving it nacho-style with tortilla chips.
    However, she added that the chili can also stand just fine on its own.
    “We’re still using our old secret recipe that was used by Dario Costantini many years ago,” she said.
    “Some of the other major players in starting the tradition of the chili feed have been Pete Murry, Mary Lou Konek, Dorothy Lacy and Sherry Strecker.”
    Presently, Jim Caput has taken over reins of the event. Some of the cooks volunteering their services year after year have been John Evans, Kevin Wilson, Mike Wivel, Jay Caput, Dr. Micky Painter and Grant Reed.
    Caldwell listed the chili ingredients as 500 pounds of beef, nine cases of gallons of sauce, nine cases of gallons of beans and the secret spices.
    No way will she divulge those.
    Tickets are $6 and include a bowl of chili, veggies, beverage and dessert. Carry-out containers of chili are also $6.
    Baked items, such as pies, are provided by volunteered. Anyone who wants to donate desserts may drop them off at the auditorium between 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday.
    “We’ve also had some great donations for our country store, such as crafts, jewelry, home decor and homemade goodies,” Caldwell said.
    Jim Wilson will again provide entertainment at the piano.
    Caldwell said that the society, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, depends heavily on fundraisers such as the chili dinner to maintain the operation of its animal shelter.
    Other funding sources are donations, proceeds from the Doggie Bag Resale Shop and occasional grants.
    It receives no government nor United Way money.
    “This organization could not have survived 40 years without the support of the community and caring individuals,” Caldwell said. “We appreciate every dollar and every gift we receive.”
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