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Rotary Club of Akron raise over $283,000 with the 29th annual Chili Open Golf Classic to benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

February 2, 2019 was a beautiful winter’s day at Hale Farm and Village, in Bath, Ohio with over 550 golfers and volunteers attending Akron Rotary’s 29th annual Chili Open Golf Classic, presented by Wayne Homes.  The snow-covered grounds of Hale Farm and Village were transformed into five unique golf courses with 9-holes each that ranged from 65-125 yards. Participants had a chance to play a 9-hole course with friends, and could take a shot at the hole-in-one and closest-to-the-pin contests to win some great prizes. After a round of golf, guests enjoyed some Whitey’s Chili and beverages to warm up. Some also took part in a 2.5lb Chili Eating Competition where the winner walked away with a Stihl Leaf blower, courtesy of Akron Tractor and some bragging rights.

The day was a huge success and with your help, we raised over $283,000 benefiting Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  Annually, the net proceeds from the Chili Open will provide financial support to families in need. We are committed to never letting a family’s personal financial resources prevent a camper from attending Rotary Camp. Last year, Akron Rotary Camp provided over $240,000 in direct financial assistance and served 1,900 children through their summer camp and year round respite programs, where campers can enjoy many traditional activities including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports and games, team building and more.

We are extremely grateful to all Rotarians, sponsors, donors and volunteers who have helped make a difference in the lives of our campers through this year’s Chili Open! Thank you also to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to help us reach our goal.  Our raffle ticket winners are:
1st Prize: Jim Durr – 2019 Chevrolet Sonic LS from The VanDevere Bunch
2nd Prize: Mark Hamlin – 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of S Group, Inc.
3rd Prize: Robert Minster – FOX Sports Ohio/ SportsTime Ohio Behind-the-Scenes Media Package at a 2019 Cleveland Indians Game
SNOWMANIA – Shelley Koutnik
Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your prizes. Because of your generosity and support, we will be able to provide meaningful opportunities to the campers and their families regardless of their ability to pay. 

Save the date for the 30th Anniversary of Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic that will be on February 1, 2020.  It is going to be big celebration.  Hope to see you there!

Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
Co-Chairs, 2019 Chili Open Golf Classic

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