Senior Living Includes Some of the Best Chili, Reports The Aegis
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Judges of Brightview Avondell's first annual Chili
Cook-Off weren't the only ones to delight in the warmth and heartiness of
homemade chili on a cold winter day.
Residents, associates and other
special guests from the community - including the Bel Air Fire Department -
enjoyed the deliciousness of the special event, organized by Vibrant Living Director, Bob Hunter.
Nine resident and associate entries yielded four top winners that had contestants and
attendees sporting their favorite sombreros.
Volunteer at Brightview
Avondell and University of Delaware student, Kristin Hickman took fourth place, Kerstin Fotopoulos, Senior Dining Server at Brightview Avondell, was
awarded third place and Shelly Schaefer, Senior Vibrant Living Assistant at the
community, was awarded the number two spot.
Judges, including Charlie
Walls, Board of Directors for Bel Air Fire Department; Evan Orser,
Executive Chef at McFaul's Iron Horse Tavern; Kathy Smith, Executive Chef at
Brightview Avondell; Sue Collins, Business Office Manager at Brightview
Avondell; and Todd Piper, volunteer firefighter with the Aberdeen Volunteer
Fire Department, chose Donna Panzer, Community Sales Associate at Brightview
Avondell, for top honors.
"I am grateful to the esteemed judges for
choosing my chili - a recipe entrusted to me by my late mother-in-law - for
first place," said Donna Panzer. "The competition was fierce so it is an honor
to be recognized."
"Lots of laughs and plenty of conversation filled
Brightview Avondell on Thursday," explained Jodi Collins, Executive Director at
the community. "Bringing the larger community together to share in fun and
camaraderie made everyone a winner.
"The chili was outstanding too," she
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