Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Galveston, the 41st annual chili supper is set for today in the cafeteria of Ball High School, 4115 Ave. O, in Galveston. Serving hours will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this popular event where you’re sure to enjoy a great bowl of chili. Dine in or take out are both available (and for take out, you can take your own containers). For those patrons dining in, you can enjoy as many refills on your chili as you like! And, a complimentary dessert is included with each $10 ticket purchased.

In addition to enjoying a fun evening with family and friends, we want to share with you just how important your support is of this annual event. All proceeds are returned to the community through projects and programs that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of Galveston’s citizens. Within just the last 15 months, the Rotary Club of Galveston’s Galveston Rotary Foundation has supported local initiatives and projects with more than $37,500 in contributions.

Some of the projects supported by our club during the last year include providing financial support to help with traffic control expenses for the city’s annual Fourth of July parade; individual and group therapy services for kids at Odyssey Academy; financial support to The Grand Kids Festival to help make it an admission-free event; funding for the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Sustainability Fund; support to the Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston to provide licensed day care for clients’ children; support to the Galveston Children’s Museum for educational supplies; assistance to Congregation B’nai Israel for acquiring classroom whiteboards; support for Ball High School’s Project Graduation; general support for the Galveston County Science & Engineering Fair; general support for the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Lemonade Day; funding for bulk food for the Feed Galveston food drive of First Lutheran Church; funding to help Ball High Junior ROTC renovate their air rifle range; funding to the GISD Educational Foundation to purchase books for the San Jacinto Early Literacy Resource Center; funding to the Family Services Center of Galveston County to purchase books for children in the Incredible Years curriculum, as well as many other projects.

Additionally, our club has used monies raised from our annual chili supper, as well as monies generated from the club’s annual crawfish boil, to award five $1,500 scholarships to deserving Galveston students heading to college; two scholarships to the Galveston Regional Chamber Partnership’s Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Camp; scholarships to the Galveston Lifeguarding Association for junior lifeguarding competition; multiple scholarships through the Galveston Arts Center for low-income children to take summer art classes; and swimming lesson scholarships for underprivileged children at Sea Star Base Galveston.

As you can see … your support of the Rotary Club of Galveston’s annual fundraisers contributes greatly to the betterment of health, education and welfare for our entire community! Thank you for your continued, generous support that allows our club to truly make a difference in our community.

Kristen Carlson is president of the Rotary Club of Galveston.

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