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Rotary Club of Akron’s 28th Chili Open Golf Classic raised over $254,000 to benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

February 3, 2018 was a cold winter’s day, but that didn’t stop over 500 attendees from joining together for Rotary Club of Akron’s 28th annual Chili Open Golf Classic, presented by Wayne Homes.  The grounds of Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio were transformed into five unique golf courses with 9 holes each that ranged from 65-125yards. Participants had a chance to play a 9-hole course with friends, and could also take a shot at the hole-in-one and closets-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 the 2.5lb Chili Eating Competition where the winner walked away with a Stihl Chainsaw, courtesy of Akron Tractor and some bragging rights.

The day was a huge success and with your help we raised $254,714 benefiting Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, located in Portage Lakes, Ohio.  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 $194,000 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 grateful to all sponsors and donors who have helped make a difference in the lives of our campers through this year’s Chili Open! Because of their generosity and support, we will be able to provide meaningful opportunities to our campers and their families regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you also to our two co-chairs, John Margida and Wanda Whipkey who steered this event as well as other committee members for all your efforts and support.

Save the date for Akron Rotary’s 29th annual Chili Open Golf Classic that will be held on February 2, 2019.  Hope to see you there!

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