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Sad news to report with the passing of the legendary Al Hopkins in early August. Please see the Memorium page for more information.
This weekend is Mollie's 1st Annual Cook-Off benefiting Make-A-Wish of Central and South Texas at the Rockne VFW.
Mollie has several sponsors and commitments lined up, including us - the Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group. Miss Molly pled her case. She did it passionately, and convincingly. CTTCG has agreed to match donations - up to $5000.
Mollie's goal is to grant wishes to 3 children; 2 in Bastrop County and 1 in Caldwell County. **For donation funds to stay within the jurisdiction of the Central & South Texas Make-A-Wish organization (and realize Mollie's goal), ALL checks (entry fees, donations, purchases) need to be made payable to CTTCG.** If made out to just Make-A-Wish it would be channeled to the national organization and Mollie would not get credit for it.
Linda Weir said it took 'em some time to get the information back from the post, but the grand total for the 2016 I.P. Sarge Bell/Rory Martin Chili & BBQ Cook-off's donation to the VFW Scholarship Fund was $3693.00!
As most of you know, Susie Thorp is fighting the good fight against nasopharyngeal cancer. Bubba reports she is about one-third of the way through treatment (radiation and chemotherapy), staying positive and is coping with the side effects well. Yeah Susie!!
Paying for all the visits associated with making this dreadful diagnosis, including an MRI with contrast, quickly depleted this working couple's finances. Looks like they have finally made connections with the right resources, and with luck the major financial impact is behind them. A benefit was held on July 23rd out at Ronnie's One Oak Bar in Bastrop to help Bubba and Susie climb out from under the burden of debt.
Brenda Willis reporting...
The Benefit for Susie was a great success. Janice Robertson and her son, Taylor (friends of Susie) hosted it. They don't cook with all of us, but are spectators often at our cookoffs.
The turn out for his amazing lady was tremendous, and it was easy to see the love from everyone there to support her. With the silent auction, live auction, chicken shit bingo, donations, sale of raffle tickets and jello shots, the amount raised far exceeded expectations. We will all continue to support Susie...financially when we can, but always in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.
Donations can be mailed to: Susie and Bubba Thorp, 119 N Austin, Paige TX 78659, or dropped off at Ronnie's One Oak Bar in Bastrop.
Terlingua and the 50th Annual Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cook-off may be more than two months away, but the wheels are turning and fund raising is at the forefront of many people's minds.
Bubba Thorp and his Pants on the Ground cooking team will be auctioning off this super cool, 24x24 inch, one-of-a-kind neon sign at the 50th, with all proceeds going to ALS. Date, and time of the auction has not been announced yet, but no worries - we'll let you know just as soon as we have the detailed information. In the meantime, check it out, and somebody tell Paulette Hayter this really needs to hang at Cedar Hall!
The Central Texas Tolbert Group has undertaken the production expense of an officially licensed Tolbert 50th Anniversary OTICCC flag, and they are available now!
Featuring the 50th logo, these full color, eye-catching flags are a standard 3x5 feet in size with sewn edges and grommets for ease in hanging. Dwight Hamilton is the man to talk to - he's holding the inventory! The cost is $35, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Behind the Store's operation fund. Shipping is extra. Click on the image above for a printable PDF order form.
Ken Sperry from Harker Heights has some real nice cutting boards, laser-etched with the OTICCC 50th logo too.
Size is approximately 12x15 inches. Ken is selling these for $30 apiece, and all proceeds are earmarked for Behind the Store's operation fund. Ken will have a supply with him in Rockne on August 20th for Mollie's Cookoff. You can also contact Ken by phone at 254-290-1950 to place an order.
With ALS as the beneficiary, Jack Potter, Tom Nall and the Cowboy Camp are sponsoring several different raffles, over and above the usual.
First on the list is a free-standing propane stove to be raffled off on Friday night, November 4th during the Chris Regas/ALS Dinner at Cowboy Camp. Wendell Rankin has been commissioned to paint a heavy-duty camp stove to depict the 20-year history of the Cowboy Camp and the evolution from a Greek-themed birthday celebration for Chris Regas to the present day ALS dinner. Tickets for the stove are $20 each (only 500 available, with all efforts being made to sell all tickets beforehand), and the winner need not be present to win. Contact Jack Potter for tickets.
Cowboy Camp is also going to raffle off this Savannah 6-string acoustic guitar on Saturday, November 5th during the headliner band's first break. It would look good hanging on any wall, and talk about a conversation piece!
Tickets are $20 each (only 500 available, with all efforts being made to sell all tickets beforehand), and the winner need not be present to win. Contact Jack Potter for tickets.
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2013, 2014 AND 2015 Behind the Store 1st Place Chili Champion
Dave Lazarus from Killeen
2016 Tolbert Texas Men's State Champion
David Lazarus from Killeen, Texas
yep, same fella.
Heather Burdick from San Marcos
2016 Tolbert Ladies State Champion
Mike Behr, Manchaca, Texas
2015 and 2016 Tolbert Texas State Winner
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Well, that's simple. We cook and promote the Official State Dish of Texas: Chili.
We host about 30 chili events per year at a variety of locations, including the Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship in Lockhart.
Aside from having a lot of fun, we support a long and varied list of charitable causes like the Hill Country Mission for Health, Cerebral Palsy, and the VFW Scholarship Fund to list just a few. Check the Where We've Been and Why We Do It page for beneficiary details for some of the cookoffs.
Most every weekend! Be sure to check the What's Coming Up page for the details on this week's cookoff!
All over Central Texas! For most events we will have a map and/or directions on how to get to the various locations on the Map Page to help you out.