Thank you to our sponsors for their loyal support of the Museum, we are very grateful!


To our community that came out last night to taste and judge the amazing chilis, we hope you had a great time!  It was a super fun night!

To our Board of Directors; Jim Graham, Pat Graham, Dave Shultz, Maria Fontaine and Matt Goudreault that work, and I mean really work, before and at the event to make it a success!

To our dedicated and cherished volunteers; Stephanie Collins, David Cox, Amy Collins, Dave & Karen Currier, Jeff Raymond, Tim Graham, Dawn Kenniston, Shelby Collins, Rose, Brianna, Scarlett and Cole Graham.  They can be counted on at the event and for the many projects leading up to the event!

To Win Damon and WHAV for promoting the museum and our projects and events! 

To Matt Belfiore from HC Media and his son, Callum for covering the event! 

To Stephanie (for chairing the food concessions) and Dave Collins for the yummy sandwiches and whoopie pies, they are always a favorite and a sold-out item!

To Cheryl Kozlowski for making her famous and delicious chocolate chip cookies!

To another Cheryl and Charlie couple, the Mielcareks for the delicious chocolate and blond brownies, beautifully packaged and yummy!

To Glenn Jajokian for his much-appreciated help with the slinging of the beverages!

To Charlie Reynolds, our Museum historian & tour guide for snapping some pictures!

To HTM Credit Union for sponsoring the door prizes, I hope some of the $30 scratch tickets they donated were winners!

It Truly Takes A Village

Heartfelt thanks to the girls at the HFDCU for their much-appreciated help before the event!

Thank you to these wonderful folks for their generous donations to the silent auction:

Jon Jepson from Seaboard Products for the terrific umbrellas, golf bag and coolers, he is amazing and such a supporter

The Sciuto Family: Dr Anthony and Marguerite along with their son Louis for always generously donating to the event

David Cox, who not only volunteers before and at the event but who also generously supports the museum

Linda and Dave Erwin, from Acios Family Takeout for donating to all of our events

Pastor Donna Spencer Collins for her tremendously popular and generous fire pit donation

The Learning for Life Program for donating a much sought-after basket of Hillies gear and treats! You can shop for Hillies sweatshirts, hats, jackets, sweats and more in their gift shop in the basement of City Hall after you get some lunch at cafe on the second floor!

Our Board Members, Maria Sciuto Fontaine and Pat Graham for their beautiful donations

And a very special additional thank you to Andrea Felder, she recently left our Board of Directors but has not abandoned us!  She works very diligently and creatively behind the scenes to make updates to our social media and website.  It’s a big job and we, especially I, thank her for it!


They each create a delicious and uniquely their own chili, served up with excitement, anticipation and from some contestants more than a little trash talk!! Some offer corn muffins and a range of condiments to complement their chili. Judges sampled hot chili, sweet chili, chili that starts hot and ends sweet and vice versa! We even had a chili verde!

Our Entrants Included:

Azul Mexican Restaurant, this neighborhood restaurant’s fare is always delicious! 

Laurie Cooper, representing Engine3-Nutley NJ VFD, who won back in 2015 and traveled from New Jersey to compete this year!

Dan Fitzpatrick, representing Lawrence Police Dept who kept his title and the traveling trophy again this year!

Ben Brenker

Judi and Mike Arasi

Theresa and Bob Diffin representing the “Learning for Life Program”

Hali Akers who traveled from West Virginia!

Adam and Devon Huberdeau

Casey Karos with baby Jamie

Loyal veterans:

Melinda Barrett

Dave Shultz

Pastor Donna Spencer Collins

Casey Rice