TCMH Healthcare Foundation hosting 10th annual Chili Cook Of

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation is gearing up for its 10th annual Chili Cook Of.

The event, which raises funds to benefit Hospice of Care, is 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, inside the community building at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds.

“We have a tradition of holding an event that provides fun and entertainment for all ages and raises much needed funds for a really good cause,” said Jay Gentry, director of the foundation.

The Chili Cook Of, which raised $48,300 in 2015, will feature 14 teams competing for chili prizes. The event will also include live music by the band Deep Fried Squirrel, live auction, chili dog eating contest, booths with special foods or games as well as the opportunity to sample all the chili.

Chili cooking teams are comprised of five people and sponsored by businesses and organizations. This year’s teams are: Intercounty Electric Cooperative; Landmark Bank; Security Bank of the Ozarks; Raymondville United Methodist Church; Houston Walmart Supercenter; Mercy Clinic-Houston; Houston High School administration; Gentry Residential Treatment Center; Peoples Community Bank; The Bank of Houston; Air Evac Lifeteam; Forbes Pharmacy Powered by Walgreens; Dr. Christopher Baldwin; Dr. Randal Qualls; and Dr. Philip Brackett.

The five-person band, Deep Fried Squirrel, hails from southwest Missouri. The band is known for upbeat, bluegrass and Americana original music and cover. They will begin playing at 11 a.m.

“We have added the component of a popular band to this year’s cook of in hopes that we would bring out some additional guests that just want to eat chili and listen to music,” Gentry said.

A 2 p.m. live auction featuring handmade and donated items will be a major portion of the fundraising for the day.

Harold Mitchell made and donated a handmade coffee table made of sycamore wood in honor of his mother, who was in Hospice of Care service. Other donated items in the auction include a Revolution 24 gun safe by Liberty Safe; one locally raised beef; a guided game bird hunt at Ozark Wings in Caulfield; a Branson holiday getaway for two; and an outdoors package featuring a YETI cooler and a kayak.

Two large raffle items will also be awarded to winners at the event.

All teams are raffling tickets for a Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle and Stoeger Double Defense shotgun. The raffle items will be immediately awarded following the live auction. Brandon Beck, meteorologist at Springfield television station KY3, will again serve as the master of ceremonies for the day’s events.

“Hospice of Care has a long tradition and a well-known reputation for providing physical, mental and spiritual care for terminally ill patients and their family members in Texas County and the surrounding area regardless of their ability to pay for the services,” Gentry said. “Many people look forward to the annual Hospice fundraising event as a way to give back to a charity that has benefited them, their family or friends.”

Hospice of Care provides end-of-life care for patients and their families regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for the service. If insurance coverage is not available, Hospice of Care may use Chili Cook Of funds to purchase medications in addition to providing free care. Hospice of Care also uses funds from the cook of for palliative care training and materials for patients and the family and friends of hospice patients.

“Our goal is to raise at least $40,000 for Hospice of Care through the raffles, ticket sales, the auction and team fundraising,” Gentry said.

The foundation has a special “Hospice Fund” for the chili cook of money and other hospice donations such as memorials. All proceeds remain in Texas County to benefit area residents.

“We want everyone to come out to our event, bring their kids and have an afternoon of fun while raising money for a very worthy cause,” Gentry said. “Once again, the foundation board of directors and Hospice of Care staff are excited to bring this event to the community.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They are available through Hospice of Care and the foundation at TCMH.

For more information about sponsorship or to make a gift in support of the cook of, contact the TCMH Healthcare Foundation at 417-967-1377 or online at

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