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Chilly Run, chili cook-off planned Feb. 22 to benefit North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in EducationThe Bay Minette Rotary Club will hold its annual Chilly Run on Feb. 22 at the Community Kids Park. (Courtesy Tina Covington)

BAY MINETTE -- The Bay Minette Rotary Club and Heritage Junior Women s Club will again join forces to put on fundraisers for the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education.

The events will be held Feb. 22 at the Community Kids Park in Bay Minette.

The Rotary Club s sixth annual Chilly Run will begin at 9 a.m. for the 5K run/race walk and 10 a.m. for the 1-mile fun run. The chili cook-off sponsored by HJWC will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both clubs again chose the coalition as beneficiary. Proceeds will help fund teacher grants for the nine schools in the Baldwin County High School feeder pattern. Last year, NBCEE awarded ,000 in teacher grants using funds from these two events. Since its inception in 2008, NBCEE has awarded more than ,000 to teachers in north Baldwin schools.

"The money raised from this joint effort helps fund our all-important teacher grant program that recognizes and rewards educators seeking to expand and enhance the opportunities for their students," said NBCEE president Tina Covington. "Through the years, NBCEE has funded some outstanding programs ranging from technology advances to reading programs to special field trips. We are thrilled by the support of the community toward its efforts to enhance education in the North Baldwin area."

Registration for the Chilly Run is for students and for adults until Feb. 14. After that date, the price is and respectively. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and all others will be given out on first-come, first-served basis. Participants will also receive one ticket to the chili cook-off. Fruits, snacks and beverages will also be provided.

The race packets will be available for pick-up Feb. 21 at the North Baldwin Fitness Center or at the park on race day.

Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place male and female for overall, race walk and by age groups. The top three male and female fun run winners will also receive awards. The Rotary Club will also present a 0 prize to the school with the most pre-registered participants and 0 for second place.

The team from Volkert Associates used a Duck Dynasty theme for their chili booth at the 2103 HJWC Chili Cook-Off.

Applications are available at the North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette City Hall, from Rotary Club members or by emailing Karmen Still at . For more details, call Still at 251-421-3073.

The HJWC Chili Cook-off will feature several prizes including best overall chili, best non-chili chili, hottest chili, crowd favorite and other categories. Teams can be formed in clubs, organizations, businesses or among friends. Booths are and entrants must provide at least four gallons of chili.

Admission tickets are to sample chili. To register a team, or other information, call Charebi Jones at 251-709-0649 or Ashley Jones at 251-937-5665.

The day s activities will also include performances by area school groups.

Sponsorships are available for the day s events including Hot Pepper/Spring Sponsor, 0; Walker/Mild Pepper Sponsor, 0 and Heartburn/Muscle Cramp Sponsor, 0. For more information about sponsorships, contact Still or Jones.

NBCEE will award its teacher grants in the spring, following an application process. The grants are awarded in 0 increments and applications are open to any teacher serving in one of the nine schools in the north Baldwin feeder pattern. Last year, 20 educators were awarded grants through NBCEE.

For more information about the grant process, contact Covington at 251-580-0434.

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