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Chili supper supports children's causes


February 19, 2017

PORTALES — While the dish served at the Portales Kiwanis Club’s 54th annual chili supper has become a staple in the community, the causes supported by the event are what public relations officer Anthony Schroeder values most.

Schroeder said that proceeds from the event will be used to meet Kiwanis’ mission, “One child at a time,” by funding activities including swimming lessons, track meets, and even books and clothing for children.

“We’re looking to try to help children improve their quality of life,” he said.

The supper — taking place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday — has been a popular event for the 10 years Schroeder has been volunteering.

“It’s just good, basic, more along the lines of west Texas-type chili. It’s very popular with the people in this area,” he said, adding that a vegetarian chili will be offered alongside the traditional beef chili.

In addition to the causes the event supports, the social aspect is important to both the recipients of the chili and those serving it, according to Schroeder.

“Every year has been memorable in terms of the number of people, visiting with all the people that come in, chatting with them about the chili, the weather, what’s going on in town,” he said. “It gets the community out. That’s number one. It gets everyone to come down, and we may serve as many as 300 or more bowls of chili.”

The chili, Schroeder added, is prepared by members of the Portales Kiwanis Club, in addition to myriad dessert items.

“We have many of the members and their wives that make desserts. There’s lots of people in the community that will make desserts. We’ve got cupcakes, brownies, tres leches cake, so there’s a good variety,” he said.

Admittance to the chili supper is $7 for adults and $4 for children.


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