Chili Cookoff: A Spicy Success!

Chili Cookoff: A Spicy Success!


MaxFund’s 22nd Annual Chili Cookoff was held on March 20, 2016, and a hot time was had by all!


With almost 30 chilis entered, the 150+ tasters present had an array of Denver’s best red, green, white, vegetarian, and celebrity chilis to choose from. Selecting winners was a tasty and challenging task, but ultimately, the following category winners were chosen:


•    Red Chili: Puppies Breath, entered by Joel Spicola
•    Green Chili: A tie! Blind Barb’s Bird and Bacon Chili, entered by Barbara Green, and Pam’s Smokin’ Green, entered by Pam Kroneberger.
•    Vegetarian Chili: Fire Dog Veggie Green, entered by Greg Feldman
•    White Chili: Chili Chili Bang Bang, entered by Tami Tanoue
•    Celebrity Chili: Foot Clan Chili, entered by Jason Sutton


Foot Clan also took home the highest honor, the People’s Choice, with their amazing Foot Clan Chili.

 

We thank all of the great chili chefs who donated their time and culinary creations to make the event a great success. Thanks, too to all the tasters who diligently tasted and judged the chili entries. The animals of MaxFund were the real Cookoff winners, though! This year’s Cookoff raised well over $5,000 to benefit the dogs and cats residing at MaxFund.  


Our host once again was Noel Hickey, proprietor of the Celtic Tavern.  Noel graciously made the Celtic available for our event. Huge thanks to Noel and his great generosity! We could not hold this event without you. Thanks also to Odell Brewing Company for their generous sponsorship of the Cookoff!


 

CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS AND CATS!

We've created new pages for our special needs dogs and cats! You can view them here and here.

"Special needs" dogs and cats may have medical issues that require special attention, like administering medicine. They may need a special diet. They may have physical infirmities, like vision impairments. They may just be elderly or, in the case of some cats, they may be shy due to a lack of early socialization. All need loving homes, though! Some are in foster homes and are seeking loving forever homes; others are seeking foster or forever homes.

Oftentimes, an animal's "special needs" are not all that daunting, so please don't be deterred by the terminology! Contact the MaxFund office, and we'll be happy to let you know what the scope of their needs is. For those dogs and cats needing foster homes, medical care, medications, and prescription diet food will be provided by the MaxFund Wellness Center.

If you're interested in fostering, please view our fostering page. You can download the fostering application there, too!

MAXFUND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON!

Inquiring dogs and cats want to know...have you signed up for or renewed your MaxFund membership yet? We hope so, because this month is MaxFund's Membership Drive month! Just go to the MaxFund membership page to sign up or renew...it's easy! We'll send you our monthly newsletter, “PawPrints,” which will keep you up-to-date on the latest MaxFund news. You can also receive a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the MaxFund facilities during our Annual Christmas Open House. And, members at the Gold and Platinum levels receive a certificate for one free annual pet exam at MaxFund’s low cost veterinary clinic. So please support all present and future MaxFund dogs and cats by becoming a member today.

 

MaxFund Membership Levels:

$    15   Senior Citizen Level

$    25   Bronze/Individual Level

$    75   Silver/Family Level

$  250   Gold/VIP Level

$1000   Platinum/Corporate Level

 

THANK YOU, CFC DONORS!

MaxFund is a proud participant in the CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) campaign for charitable giving by federal employees, and we want to take a moment to say "THANK YOU" to everyone in the federal sector for your continued support!

Our CFC Charity Number is 36922.

MaxFund is proud to be a CFC charity that has been screened diligently by CFC volunteers for compliance with CFC's rigorous public accountability and other standards. You can be assured that every dollar donated to MaxFund is used wisely for the benefit of the dogs and cats who make their way to MaxFund! We're also a Charity Navigator 4-Star rated charity.

As a true no-kill animal shelter, we don't "pre-sort" animals into "adoptable" and "unadoptable" categories. We have found that there is a loving home for virtually EVERY homeless dog or cat. Our core mission is to take in injured strays, provide them the medical care they need, and find them great forever homes. As you can imagine, fulfilling this mission means that our medical costs greatly exceed those of most animal shelters. We could not help these deserving dogs and cats without YOUR help.

We take in animals from all over Colorado. When space allows, we take in transports from surrounding states as well. Our community services include a low-cost spay/neuter program that operates statewide, free adoptions for veterans, and low-income food and litter assistance. Often, animals are relinquished to us in a dire state: unvaccinated puppies with Parvo; newborn motherless kittens; dogs with a torn ACL; dogs and cats with out-of-control diabetes; dogs suffering from back leg paralysis; and the list goes on and on. We take in these animals as we are able, and give them a second chance at a healthy and happy future, thanks to generous community support.

Here are just some of the services that your dollars allow us to provide: 

$100 = Exam, neutering, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY male cats. 
$200 = Exam, spaying, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY female cats. 
$300 = Exam, neutering, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY male dogs.  
$400 = Exam, spaying, vaccinations, deworming and chipping for 4 HEALTHY female dogs.  
$500 = Consult with cardiologist, blood work and echocardiogram for an animal with heart issues. 
$400-$600 = Internal medicine consult, testing, blood work and ultrasound. 
$1200-$1500 = Consult, cultures and x-rays at CSU (Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins) for cases that needed specialty consulting and care.   
$1495-$1550 = TPLO orthopedic surgery for a torn ACL.  
$1625 = A MONTH for needed diagnostics from the lab.   
$2000-$3900 = Parvo (life threatening virus) care for ONE puppy requiring hospitalization.

As the CFC campaign gets under way, please contact us if you'd like more information. Our people can come to your events, fairs, and other speaking opportunities to tell you more about MaxFund and to share with you some of the stories of the dogs and cats you've helped. Again, thank you for your support!