WMSE Rockabilly Chili 2014NEWS RELEASE: March 4, 2014

WMSE 91.7FM Announces Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser Results

MILWAUKEE – March 4, 2014 – WMSE 91.7FM hosted the 12 Annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser this Sunday, March 2nd at MSOE University’s Kern Center and the station is pleased to announce that over 3600 people attended the event to help the station raise over $60,000, achieving 24% growth from the station’s 2013 chili fundraiser.

“We took some risks by expanding the venue,” started WMSE development director Justin Shoman. He continued, “but as is always the case, WMSE listeners and the greater Milwaukee area helped those risks pay off in a big, big way. To raise over $60,000 in one day? Heck yeah. This is a single event fundraising record for WMSE and it will go a long way to supporting our mission.”

In addition to attendees, restaurants and sponsors, WMSE also got enormous contributions from its volunteer force. WMSE Volunteer Coordinator Chris DeMay said, “We can’t tell you how grateful we are to the 160 plus volunteers that made the event run as smoothly as it possibly could. Those yellow shirts were everywhere and the people wearing them always had a smile. Our volunteers are the absolute best. Without them, there would have been about 3600 grumpy chili eaters.”

WMSE station manager Tom Crawford was beside himself when reflecting on the event, saying, “This was simply one of the greatest things we’ve ever done. It was incredible seeing the community come together over food, over music, and over love of WMSE.”

WMSE also announced the winners in all five categories as voted on by event attendees.

Best Meat:

1)     Palomino/Comet/Honeypie; 2) Burke’s Irish Castle; 3) Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub

Best Veggie:

1)     Beans and Barley; 2) Riverwest Co-op; 3) Café India

Best Heat:

1)     McBob’s; 2) Red Rock Saloon; 3) Good Harvest Market

Most Unique:

1)     American Euros; 2) Café Lulu; 3) Café India

Best Booth Display:

1)     Brewed Café; 2) Red Rock Saloon; 3) Old German Beer Hall\

Best Milwaukee Firehouse Chili voted by Ted Perry (Fox6), Mark Borchardt (Filmmaker), Jen Ede (Edible Milwaukee) and Molly Snyder (OnMilwaukee.com):

Winner: Engine 23 – 2130 W. Oklahoma Avenue, 53215

View Photos From The Event

BIGGER AND BETTER, NOW ON TWO FLOORS WITH CHILI PEPPER RACES, LIVE BAND, MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND GROWING CHILDREN’S AREA

Sunday, March 2
11am – 4pm
MSOE Kern Center (1245 N. Broadway)
Door: $15 (gets you 2 chili sample tickets)

MSOE Student: $5 (available at WMSE Studios)
MSOE Faculty/Staff: $10 (available at WMSE Studios)

FEED THOSE IN NEED
Bring two or more non-perishable food items to donate to the Hunger Task Force and you’ll receive two additional sample tickets.

Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser is a chili competition that pits 60 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city’s best chili as voted on by event attendees. Awards are given to winners in five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best heat, and best vendor display/presentation. The 2014 event features an expanded venue that includes the 1st floor gymnasium and the second floor field house, resulting in much greater seating and dining space.

With expanded capacity, we’re also expanding entertainment options for attendees to enjoy, including the participation of Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) competitors, chili pepper races in the mold of Miller Park sausage races, a live band, and a growing children’s area.

Advance tickets are $12 and include 4 chili samples. Additional Chili sampling tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Bring two or more non-perishable food item donations for Hunger Task Force and receive two additional sample tickets.

MFD PARTNERSHIP
For the first time ever, chili will be served by a combination of six MFD firehouses and operations centers. Whereas all other vendors will be voted on by attendees, MFD houses will be separately judge by a panel of local celebrity judges. Celebrity judges will be announced in February.

CHILI PEPPER RACES
Taking a cue from the Milwaukee Brewers, we’re adding three chili pepper races with racers wearing costumes custom-made by WMSE volunteer, Christina Ward. The races will take place on the second level field house track at Noon and 2pm, with the final heat closing out the event at 4pm.

CHILDREN’S AREA
WMSE’s 2013 Chili fundraiser introduced a children’s area run by Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.). A.W.E. is will again provide children’s programming at this year’s event where their warm, friendly artists, staff and volunteers will be heating things up with art making activities for kids of all ages.

KIDS ENTRY PRIZE
The first 50 kids aged 10 and under will receive a complimentary chili pepper hat, donated by Buy Seasons.

MUSIC
Jonny Z (The Chicken Shack) and Dietrich (Sat. Morning Car Tunes) will again be providing the day’s soundtrack.

Live Rockabilly music also from Kevin Fayte Rock and Roll Trio.

PARKING 
Paid parking is available across the street from Kern Center in the 780-car parking complex below Viets Field.

VENDORS
In addition to the Firehouses, these fine local establishments will be serving chili:

American Euros, Beans and Barley, Blue’s Egg, BootZ Saloon and Grill, Bourbon & Tunns Tavern, Brewed Cafe, Cafe India, Cafe LuLu, Centro Cafe, Classic Slice, Club Charlies, Colectivo Coffee, G-Daddy’s BBC, Good Harvest Market, Horny Goat Brewing Co., Jake’s Deli, Lazy Susan MKE, Maxie’s, McBob’s, McGillyCuddys, Milwaukee Ale House, Mr. WEBO’s, Old German Beer Hall, Outpost Natural Foods, Palomino/Comet/Honeypie, Red Rock Saloon, Regano’s Roman Coin, Riverwest Co-op Cafe, Simple Cafe, The Soup House, Spaulding Clinical, Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar, Times Square Pizzeria, Übeer Gastropub, Wayward Kitchen Co., Wicked Hop.

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