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CSU Women's Forum cooks up chili fund-raiser

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

There will a hot time in the old university center today.

Clayton State University's Women's Forum will hold its fifth annual chili cook-off fund-raiser, from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m., in the school's James M. Baker University Center. The cook-off, along with a quilt raffle and an ongoing online auction, will raise funds for the Women's Forum Scholarship Fund, which helps female students pay for their tuition. The public is invited to attend the event. It costs $5 to get some chili.

There will 18 types of chili available this year, ranging from traditional chilis, to a "green chili," to a chili whose ingredients include beer and chocolate, said Dolores Cox, a communications coordinator for Clayton State and one of the organizers of the event.

"This year's event is a little smaller because of the economy," said Cox. "We had to scale it back somewhat. Some of the companies that donated items to us last year are not even in business anymore, which is sad.

"However, since the purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Women's Forum Scholarship Fund, whatever it took to make sure it took place, we were willing to do."

Despite fewer participants in the cook-off and fewer donors for the online auction, Cox said everything that the community has come to expect from the event will remain. "It's sort of something people have come to expect," said Cox.

This year's auction includes 57 items, ranging from handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, to paintings, to a Beatles compilation album, to china plates, to vacations to places such as Helen, Ga., or Anna Maria Island Beach, near Sarasota, Fla.

Blankets and tote bags, featuring the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama, and the University of Florida are on the auction block. Dog treats and toys for larger and smaller dogs are also auction items.

There is even a genuine Hillary Clinton nutcracker available for bidding, which was still available for a mere $22 as of 5 p.m., on Wednesday.

For the people who prefer to forego the risks of losing out to another bidder in the online auction, there will be a PayNGo sale, featuring items which cost less than $20. People can walk up to the PayNGo tables at the cook-off and purchase these items, which range from candy dishes, to candle holders, to pillow cases, to a nail trimmer for pets.

There will also be a raffle for a 6-foot-by-8-foot quilt. The drawing for the raffle will be done at 1:30 p.m., when the auction concludes.

"This is the predominant fund-raiser for the Women's Forum Scholarship Fund," said Cox. "It is our goal to sell all of the auction and PayNGo items, as well as all of the chili."

Log on to http://adminservices.clayton.edu/wom_forum/default.htm, for more information about Clayton State's Women's Forum.