Senior Living Includes Some of the Best Chili, Reports The Aegis

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 added.

Featuring vibrant independent living and assisted living apartment homes, Brightview Avondell has been serving active seniors and their families since 2008.

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