11th Annual Ronkonkoma Chili Cook-Off and Pop-Up Restaurant on Saturday, October 16

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Funds raised help fund community mental health programs as well as assistance to at-risk and homeless veterans.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Association, in conjunction with Suffolk County Veterans, will be holding its 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Pop-Up Restaurant on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Association for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Pollack Center, 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma.

The event – ​​which attracts hundreds of chili (and non-chili) enthusiasts each year – raises money to help those affected by mental illness and at-risk and homeless veterans, including those suffering from PTSD and depression.

Attendees will enjoy a diverse, delicious and creative selection of vegan meat and chili dishes from local food establishments, area businesses and local talent. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including a “People’s Choice” prize.

To comply with pandemic safety protocols, there will be two seats: one at 12:30 p.m. and another at 3:00 p.m. There will be a raffle with exciting giveaways that attendees can access now online or in person at the event. Additionally, live music will be provided by School of Rock at 12:30 p.m. and rising country artist Carolyn Miller at 3:30 p.m.

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