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Troop 75 flips from pancakes to chili for annual fundraiser

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – One Bolingbrook-based Boy Scout troop has decided to brew chili instead of flipping flapjacks for its annual fundraiser. 

Boy Scout Troop 75 will host a Chili Supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of DuPage, 180 N. Weber Road, Bolingbrook. This is the first year the troop has hosted a dinner event, as it has hosted pancake breakfasts for the past two years. 

“We have several adults who are really good cooks and wanted to try something different,” said Brian Kuntz, Boy Scout Troop 75 committee chairman. “It’s going to be a really fun event and we encourage everyone from the community to come out and enjoy it.” 

Tickets for the event are $6 each, which include admission, a bowl of chili, side of cornbread, a beverage and dessert. 

Cindi Wagner, Chili Supper event co-chair, said there will be meat and nonmeat versions of chili, but the two versions will taste similar. Residents also can order their meals to-go. 

While eating, attendees also will be able to watch the NCAA College Basketball tournament. 

“We didn’t want basketball fans to not want to come out, so we wanted to provide that entertainment, as well,” Wagner said. 

Along with the dinner, the event will include a bake sale, gift-card drawings and entertainment provided by the Boy Scouts. 

“We have Scouts doing some musical selections throughout the event,” Wagner said. “Some are playing musical instruments they are learning in school, such as the piano and saxophone.” 

Drawings at the event are sponsored by the community, Kuntz said, as prizes are gift cards to local restaurants, including Olive Garden, The Patio, Francesca’s, Ko Sushi and T.G.I. Friday’s. 

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Troop 75, Kuntz said, and will be used toward the troop’s new trailer. The trailer was purchased as a result of an abrupt increase in the number of boys in Troop 75, as its size has doubled in the last two years, Kuntz said. 

“We need to purchase supplies for when we go camping as well as being able to get the troop trailer retrofitted and organized,” Kuntz said. 

Kuntz hopes that 600 residents will attend the event, which would surpass the troop’s pancake breakfast attendance last year of about 450 residents. 

Residents can purchase tickets at the door or prior to the event from a Scout, Kuntz said. 

Wagner encourages residents to attend the event since it supports Troop 75’s efforts to teach young men in the troop, which ranges from fifth-graders to seniors in high school, to have the good values that scouting promotes. 

“We are looking forward to having people come out,” Wagner said. “People that don’t want to cook should come enjoy the chili and camaraderie , as well.” 

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