Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama is a local organization that we have been partnering with for the past few years because we stand behind their mission and want to do everything we can to serve the Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers, and professionals in central Alabama. We have seen the devastating effects that this disease can have not only on patients but also on family members, friends, and communities. Our leadership and community feels like it is our call to do anything we can to spread awareness and provide support not only through Kirkwood programs, like our Memory Care Assisted Living, but also through wonderful local organizations, like ACA, who we have seen put in the hard work to make a difference.
This year, Kirkwood pledged to raise and donate $1000 for ACA and we decided to host a Chili Cook Off earlier this month to allow friends and members of our community to contribute if they felt led to do so. The first annual Kirkwood Chili Cook Off benefitting ACA was a huge success! We had 8 staff participants cook the best chili they know how and over 100 residents, staff, and friends come to taste and crown a Chili King or Queen! Third place went to Kirkwood’s CFO, Sonny Widman with his Cincinnati Chili. If you have never had Cincinatti Chili it is quite an experience; with a big kick and hints of chocolate and cinnamon, this dish is best served over spaghetti noodles and topped with onions, jalapeños, and sharp cheddar cheese. Second place went to our Marketing Director, Sandi Hall with her Deer Camp Chili. She used deer venison that came from her husband and sons’ most recent hunting trip and gave it all of the classic and savory chili flavors. The first place Chili Queen title went to Assisted Living RN, Lindsey Cullom for her Chuckwagon Chili. It was good to the very last drop and the perfect chili consistency, creamy with the right amount of chunky chili goodness!
All in all the event was a good time for everyone and we raised over $2300 for the organization – now that is something to cheer about! We are so thankful for the generous hearts of all of those who contributed to this fundraiser and know that this gift will be stewarded well by our friends at ACA.