Roseville Chili Cook-off combats bullying

By: Staff Report
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Local community leaders will put on their chef aprons and go head-to-head in a special chili cook-off to benefit programs for Roseville teenagers.

The 2014 Roseville Celebrity Chili Cook-Off will be held on Friday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maidu Community Center. The chefs will include FOX 40 Morning News Anchor Paul Robins, Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan, William Jessup University President John Jackson and Sierra College President Willy Duncan, the defending champion from last year’s cook-off. They will be joined by several other local elected officials and personalities from the education and business worlds. Proceeds will benefit after-school programs for teenagers and Point Break, an evidence-based program designed to address social issues such as harassment, prejudice, bullying, and suicide.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award – determined by chili tasters – will also win the opportunity to direct a $1,000 scholarship to one of the three higher education institutions participating in this year’s event: Sierra College, William Jessup University and Sacramento State University.

Organizers for the Chili Cook-off said that nearly 350 people are expected to attend.

“We are grateful and inspired by the support from the community,” said Rob Maxey, organizer of the event and coordinator of the after-school programs that promote safer and healthier school environments. “It is an honor to stand alongside these influential leaders as we serve the needs of students in our community.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at or by calling (916) 869-8835 or visiting the event’s Facebook Page at 2014 Roseville Celebrity Chili Cook-off. Tickets will be $25 at the door.