First of all, you might be asking yourself, what is a chili dump.
Well, it started in 2004 when the Unity of Friends pulled out their homemade chili
recipes and each volunteer makes a large batch of chili. Next they "dump" it
all together to make one tantilizing bowl of a spicy goodness that's
guaranteed to warm you up as you enjoy the events looking over the
beautiful fozen bay of Green Bay.
Now with the substaintial growth of the event, local restaurants donate all the chili and bringing the event indoors on the volley ball courts at the Watering Hole also makes set up and heating a sinch. This gives the UOF more time to plan and organize the big event.
UOF’s consists of 28 members that hope
to raise $10,000.00 for breast cancer patients in the community.
The volunteer Pink Ladies are the backbone to the success of the
Chili Dump. Their incredible teamwork and dedication to helping local
breast cancer patients is the passionate force that validates the
success of the Chili Dump.
A Little History:
The Unity of Friends started in Suamico in 2004 when Debbie
Pamperin from Pamps Outboard was selected to ride in the Polaris WOW (Way
Out Women) program. She rode 700 miles with 2 other women from Wisconsin
on a snowmobile to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation. Debbie asked her friends for their support and they took
it to the extreme creating the first annual Chili Dump. She raised
$3500.00 with the successful teamwork of the "Unity of Friends".
It is a group of kind hearted people uniting together for a very
worth while cause.
In 2005 Karen Goddard, a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital took over
the project in honor of her mother who did not win her battle with
breast cancer in September of 2004. Karen raised $5000.00 for the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by entering in the 3 Day
Walk which included 60 long miles.
With the increase of breast cancer in our own community, in 2006
Carolyn Bartoletti, owner of gbFREELANCE
and the designer of "Pants
for the Cure", lead the the Unity of Friends team and donate
$4700.00 to the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, a local non-profit
organization that services Northeastern Wisconsin. Carolyn believes
that this organization can make a huge difference in our community
by teaching middle and high school students healthy lifestyle choices
that can ultimately reduce the risks of cancer.
In 2007, Paula Schneider headed up the 4th Annual Chili Dump and
lead the Unity of Friends to another successful year earning $8000.00
that was donated to the Ribbon of Hope. They are known for helping
breast cancer patience through education, financial backing and emotional
support in Northeast Wisconsin.
The President of the UOF this year is Cindy
Willette, with her management
and organizational skills the Unity of Friends is confident that
the 5th Annual Chili Dump will be another record breaking year! The
benefitiary for the 2008 event is YWCA of Green Bay, ENCORE Breast
Cancer Program. This provides specialized cancer
exercise classes and support group meetings for anyone diagnosed
with breast cancer. Members are empowered to take care of their physical
and emotional health through therapeutic exercise, informative learning
sessions and survivor support groups.