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LETTERS: Chilly Chili organizers thankful for successful event

— To the editor:

On behalf of Cazenovia Children’s House, we wholeheartedly wish to thank all those who supported the Eighth Annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk.

This year’s race was a record breaker with 1,158 runners crossing the finish line. Proceeds from this race benefit CCH programs and tuition assistance for families with financial need. The continued generous support for this race enables CCH to provide quality early care and education to the children of our community.

Many thanks to the 2012 Chilly Chili Sponsors: Cazenovia Jewelry - Presenting Sponsor; Bryant and Stratton College, Cazenovia College, Chary Griffin of Hunt Realty, Eagle Newspapers, Fleet Feet Sports, Gail Boone of T-shirt design, Green & Seifter, Attorneys, PLLC, Just Joe (Chili Party Live Entertainment), Key Bank, National Grid, NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV, Oneida Bank, Price T, Sywest Medical Technologies, Tim Scanlon- Poster and Website design, WSYR NewsChannel 9 and Willowbank Co., LLC.

Many thanks to the 2012 Chilly Chili Food and Beverage Sponsors: Angel’s Deli, Butternuts Beer & Ale, Cazenovia College (Judged the Best Chili in Town), Caz Pizza, Circa (People’s Choice Award for Best Chili), Cooperstown Brewing Company, Dave’s Diner at Common Grounds, Lincklaen House, Subway of Cazenovia, The “20” Restaurant and Steakhouse, The Blue Canoe Grill, The Foggy Goggle Restaurant and Sports Bar, The Golden Pheasant Restaurant, The Purple Salamander Café, Tops Friendly Markets and Tri-Valley Beverage.

Thanks to the Chili Cook-off Judges: Sgt. Karen Zaleski of the Cazenovia Police Department, Director of Extended Learning at Cazenovia College Lesley Owens-Pelton, Karl Schnitzler of CAVAC, Joe Altier of Just Joe, and Deputy Town Supervisor Pat Race.

Many thanks to the more than 100 volunteers, including community residents, high school students, Evan Cornell - our 2012 Chilly Guy, Bob Dubik - Race Start Official, Cazenovia College Girl’s Softball Team, Jessica Amidon of Caz Cans, Cazenovia Children’s House staff and the students for their fine art work, and the race route volunteers who kept everyone on course, and cheered the runners on to a great finish!

The race would not go on without the continued support of the Cazenovia Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Leone Timing, the Village Board, the Cazenovia Town Council, Robert Dubik and the Cazenovia School District, CAVAC, race route residents and the road crews from the Town, Village and State.

The most notable thank you goes out to the 1,200 race registrants who came out to support the 2012 Chilly Chili Run. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Cindy Underriner, Chilly Chili Race Director

Laurie Cornell, Cook-off/After Party Director

Penny Noll, CCH Executive Director

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