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February 23, 2014

ABATE sets chili cook-off

Woodward, Okla. — A local philanthropic motorcycle club called A Brotherhood Aiming Towards Education (ABATE) will be holding its annual ABATE Chili Cookoff on Saturday, March 1.

The event will include a public chili tasting, live and silent auctions as well as a dart and pool tournament throughout the day, according to ABATE Northwest 69 President Jerry (Red) Goodner of Laverne.

According to ABATE Sergeant at Arms, Rick Staude, the event is the primary means by which the organization raises funds it uses for their yearly donation of toys to Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties, Staude said.

“We gave a total of $6,000 in toys to the 3 counties last year,” he said.

The cook-off will begin with chili registration at 10 a.m. at the Woodward Moose Lodge.  Staude said that those who wish to see if their chili is truly the champ, can enter in one of 3 categories: traditional, exotic, or hot.

There is no fee to enter the contest, but the chili entries must be at the Moose Lodge by 11 a.m. and be ready for judging.

The public chili tasting will start at noon.  There is a small fee charged for a chance to sample all you can eat of the various chili recipes.

Registration for the pool and darts tournaments will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with games beginning around 1 p.m.

The live auction will begin as soon as the tournaments are completed, Goodner said. Door prize drawings and the silent auction will continue throughout the event, he said.  

According to the ABATE Northwest 69 Chapter's page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abatenw69), people can also make a donation for a chance to win raffle prizes including a $500 gift certificate to Butch's Guns, mens and ladies watches from Mead Jewelers, a digital camera and $100 cash.

ABOUT ABATE

To understand ABATE, one first has to understand the truly centrist nature of its members, Goodner says.

The club's mission statement is to promote and defend motorcyclist’s freedom, safety and awareness through education and legislation in order that they make Oklahoma the best place to ride.

So it is not odd the group extends its hand in a spirit of helping to other Oklahomans, such as through its support of area holiday toy programs, Staude said. “Since that is part of making Oklahoma a good place too,” he said.

To understand what else the organization does, all you have to do is look for signs on the road that read “Motorcycles, Use Caution” or perhaps some Saturday, attend a Motorcycle Riders Safety Course, as both are a result of ABATE efforts, Goodner said.

For those who are interested in becoming a member of ABATE or who would like to learn more about the organization or the upcoming ABATE Chili Cookoff, call Goodner at (580) 334-2057.

Staff writer Rowynn Ricks contributed to this report.

 

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