BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues will host a Salvation Army Night July 22 to support the local charity organization, which will also be holding a chili cook-off before the game.
In addition to a portion of tickets sales for the 6 p.m. game at Muzzy Field going to benefit the local Salvation Army, a red kettle will be installed at the entrance which people can fill with donations.
Tom Morrow, board chair with the local Salvation Army, noted that the Salvation Army Brass Band would also be providing entertainment that night.
“Brian Rooney, the general manager, has been very helpful in setting this up,” said Morrow. “The Salvation Army has come to rely on funding from the government which has been cut back due to the tough economy, so this was greatly appreciated. Brian has been very supportive and if this is successful we’d love to discuss future partnerships. The Bristol Blues have also supported other local non-profits like Brian’s Angels.”
The chili cook-off will be held by the Salvation Army of Bristol’s Women’s Ministries Group at the Salvation Army of Bristol’s location at 19 Stearns St., from 3 to 5 p.m., that same day. Tickets are $5 and include “all you can eat” chili, drinks and fixings. There will be guest judges and awards for the top 3 chilies. Those who are interested in entering their chili can email Marge Rivera at email@example.com or call Carmen Bezares at 860-583-4651 to register.
Morrow encouraged people to come to the cook-off or come to the game and lend their support.
“The Salvation Army could really use assistance right now,” he said. “There are a lot of people in need that are coming to our soup kitchen every day. We are also trying to help send kids to camp this summer. We hope that everyone can come to support these fundraising events.”
Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased at the Salvation Army of Bristol or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The local Salvation Army’s soup kitchen will receive $3 for every ticket sold.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.