The 25th annual American Cancer Society Chili Cookoff was held this past Saturday, March 8th, at The Grounds in West Mobile, formerly the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds, as Adams and Reese was among the more than 80 teams competing in a cookoff for a good cause, raising money for cancer research. The event raised an estimated $250,000.
The Adams and Reese chili cookoff team prepared a 16-gallon pot of Meat and Bean Chili, which included more than 30 pounds of ground meat, dozens of cans of tomatoes, tomato paste and beans. The theme this year for Adams and Reese was “ANCHORCHILI,” borne out in the decorations complete with fake mustaches and a life-sized Will Ferrell, and the decorating team turned a plain white tent into a mustache-decorated area.
The Adams and Reese Mobile office employees also volunteered at the event, which drew an estimated 15,000 total spectators. The event was first held in 1989.
The team was organized by Adams and Reese attorney Jannea Rogers, and volunteers at this year’s cookoff included R.A. Crumbley and her husband Gary, Sherry Cates, Neal Townsend, Britton Bonner and his daughter, Kim Singleton, Matt Jackson, Joy Massey, Ana Elise, Lisa Tanner, Leon Williams and his wife Jackie, Scott Hetrick and his family, Vicki Clarke, Jessica Greco, Sherri Charles and their many family members and friends.
The American Cancer Society is one of several organizations that is a part of the Adams and Reese HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support) employee volunteer and corporate philanthropy program, which donates financial resources and volunteer hours to more than 200 community organizations in need across the law firm's regional footprint in seven states.