November 03, 2011 | 03:27 PMChiliFest 2011 will be held from Saturday, Nov. 5, noon to 6 p.m. at the Lauderdale Landing on Lauderdale Lakes, just north of Elkhorn.
The event will support economic development projects in rural Haiti through Williams Bay-based Yonn Ede Lot Association (which means "One Helping Another" in Haitian Creole), a registered 501(c)3 organization in Wisconsin. Last year, over 150 people attended the event and raised over $2000 for the organization.
Attendees this year can sample over 15 types of chili and numerous salsa entries and vote for their favorite. Chili Tasting is $4 per person and cornbread is $1.
Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for the best entries. Chili cooks should register in advance as space is limited. A raffle will be held for a 32" Flatscreen HDTV, Packers & Brewers jerseys, Bulls & Bears jerseys, ladies golf clubs and many gift baskets and other prizes donated by local merchants including Popeye's, the Bootery, The Cornerstone Shops, Global Gourmet, Grand Geneva, and Delaney Street Market.
Ellis said all money raised will be used to support programs that build Haitian abilities and strengthen Haitian infrastructure.
"Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty and dependency on American support with projects that provide start-up funds, teach skills, and encourage self-sustainability." Programs in the past have included agronomy classes, small-product manufacturing, and micro loans.
"Some of the successful initiatives YEL has worked on are now more than four years old and going strong," said Ellis.
If you wish to register for the Chili contest or make a donation please contact Linda Jones firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more about Yonn Ede Lot: One Helping Another at www.YonnEdeLot.org or contact cofounder Judy Haselhoef at (262) 325-4945.