There are thousands upon thousands of abandoned animals holed up in shelters throughout Colorado, including the MaxFund, a Denver-based no-kill sanctuary that not only provides pet-adoption services, but also a no-cost spay and neuter van that travels up and down the I-25 corridor, stopping at police stations, trailer parks and other locations to help prevent unwanted animals from giving birth to more of them. And tonight, at the nonprofits annual Chili Cook-off at the Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake Street, you can do your part to ensure that the MaxFund can continue its mission for a measly ten-buck admission fee.
The fundraising event, which starts wagging at 1 p.m., will feature twenty different chili tastings from amateurs as well as restaurant chefs, plus a silent auction and kick-ass beer specials. Its a great way to support our animals, knock back a few beers and warm up to some great chili, says MaxFund executive director Tricia Cominsky. The cook-off, which includes three cash prizes for the top contenders, will be judged by patrons, who will receive a tasting kit cup, spoon and ballot and, says Cominsky, some silly stuff, like Tums and mouthwash. The MaxFund adoption van will also be on site in case you want to take a furry friend home. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to www.maxfund.org or call 303-595-4917.
Sun., Feb. 20, 1 p.m., 2011