Grannies ready for 10th Chili-in-a-Bowl fundraiser
Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 06:00 am
Ten years is a long time for the Bow Valley.
Many people may not have lived in Canmore or Banff for that long, or maybe their memories are a bit foggy if they did.
But the local Mountain Grannies non-profit organization can remember exactly what they were doing a decade ago – preparing for their inaugural Chili-in-a-Bowl fundraiser, March 9 at St. Michael’s Anglican Church. There will be two seatings, at 5 and 7 p.m.
With 10 years and 10 fundraising events now to their credit, member Pat Grayling said it is a special event and over that time they have raised $100,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
“We will have raised with this function we are planning a contribution of $100,000 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for its Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which is pretty significant,” Grayling said.
The foundation raises awareness and funds to support grandmothers in Africa that care for children orphaned as a result of AIDS.
The idea originated during a trip to Kamloops with some local quilters and Grayling said originally they thought of doing soup and a bowl, before they approached local potter John Borrowman to support the idea.
“In my mind, I thought this was a possible fundraiser for the Grannies,” she said.
When Borrowman suggested he would donate all the bowls and local restaurants might be interested in providing chili, Grayling said she was grateful for the support.
“The Stephen Lewis Foundation is very happy and acknowledges what we have done, but of course we couldn’t have done it without support,” she said.
There are 11 local potters contributing bowls to the event: John and Katie Borrowman (Of Cabbages and Kings), Karen Atrobus, Priscilla Jayne, Sierra Jaynes, Shirley Wolsey, Jennifer Parrier, Julia Schumarer, Jill Martin Yuka Ozawa and Ella Volge Saar.
The restaurants providing an array of chili selections (including vegetarian, turkey and bison) are: the Iron Goat, Communitea, Valbella’s, Harvest Café, Rocky Mountain Flatbread, Chef Francoise, the Grizzly Paw and Aroma.
Good Earth provides coffee, Rusticana and the Grizzly Paw are donating wine and beer selections and the Mountain Grannies will prepare a table of freshly baked decadent desserts to choose from.
The local Pathfinders group volunteers to help with serving and cleanup and Grayling said it wouldn’t be possible without the venue, which is also donated, at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Canmore.
Tickets, $40 each, can be purchased at the Kitchen Boutique in Canmore or Ginko and Ink Atelier in Banff.
The event sells out every year, so make sure to buy early to ensure you aren’t disappointed.
“We intend to continue for the next 10 years too,” Grayling added. “It is a great evening and supports a wonderful cause.”