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New Lenox Fire Foundation seeks cook-off entrants

Updated: July 9, 2014 6:20AM



Saving the lives of both firefighters and residents is the main goal of the New Lenox Fire Foundation — even if they, ironically, have to have a “controlled burn” to do it.

The foundation is accepting registrants for its annual beef cook-off, a fundraiser called ”Controlled Burn.” The event will be held during Proud American Days on July 26 in New Lenox.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to compete. The cost is $75, which includes a 13-pound beef roast given to the entrant on cooking day.

“It’s very important because it raises money for the Save-a-Life program,” foundation director Sandra DeLair said. “This is something New Lenox used to do years ago and we brought it back to life three years ago.”

Hoping to update its equipment, the fire district sought a property tax increase in the March election, but the referendum failed, with 56 percent of voters voting against it. The foundation hopes to fill some gaps, as it raises money to fund safety equipment to protect firefighters as well as to make them more efficient and better able to help residents in emergencies, DeLair said.

The winner of the cookoff earns a 6-foot traveling trophy with a giant cow on top, plus bragging rights for a year, DeLair said. After judging, the foundation will slice the remaining beef and sell sandwiches to the public.

Cooking spaces are limited. For more information or to register, visit www.nlfdfoundation.org or contact DeLair at (815) 462-0023. The registration deadline is July 1.



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