On behalf of the National Kidney Foundation, we would like to thank you and your cooking teams for participating in the 20th Annual DC Chili Champtionship. By coming out in such force and by contributing so much of your time, creativity and effort, you really made the day a success -- in spite of the eventual rain. The event generated over $345,000 for the Foundation and was the second most successful chili cook off we have ever hosted.
For those of you who may have been wondering about the unassuming-looking guy in jeans and a polo shirt who was surrounded by an entourage of Secret Service types, that was the new King of Jordan! King Abdullah and Queen Raini decided to spend their Saturday afternoon in our nation's capital doing something uniquely American and fun by checking out the chili cook off. They tasted chili, talked with a number of cooks, posed for pictures and even donned DC101 caps (photos on-line at www.dc101.com).
We hope that you enjoyed yourselves (regardless of whether or not you got to meet the King) and that you will join us once again on September 25, 1999, for the 19th Annual Hard Times Chili Cook Off in Alexandria's Oronoco Bay Park. A registration form for that event is enclosed for any takers. And just in case any of you missed the awards ceremony, we have also enclosed a list of Saturday's winners.
As always, your written comments or suggestions regarding the event are both welcome and appreciated. Send them to either one of us at the Foundation. Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to you all!
Cameron Smith, Development Assistant
Claudia Hartmann, Senior Development Coordinator