Participate in a Chili Cook Off!!!

Participate in a Chili Cook Off!!!

Posted: November 23, 2010 
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The American Legion Riders would like to invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Veterans Benefit Chili Cook-Off on May 14, 2011 at the Lawn Fire Company in Lawn, PA from 1:00pm to 9:00pm.

Get ready to get your Chili on …

We would like to invite your organization to participate in the 1st Annual Chili Cook‐off benefit for Veterans. This fund raising event is organized by members from combined American Legion Rider Chapters to maximize our fundraising potential. The top priority for this event is to raise monies to assist with the purchase of a bus for the Lebanon VA Hospital. The current bus is a 1973 vintage that is in desperate need of replacement. In the event that monies raised exceed the amount required to complete the fundraising for the bus the remaining funds will be used to construct and furnish rooms at the Lebanon VA Hospital to assist patients transition back into life after surgeries.

The structure of the event is as follows:

Preliminary Cook-off events

Each organization will hold their own Cook-off event to determine their entries in three categories, Best Overall, Most Unique and People Choice.  It will be up to each organization to organize and promote their event.  Some suggestions on how monies from each event can be raised are:

$20 – Entry Fee

$10 – Admission Fee

$$$ – 50/50 Raffle(s)

Fund Raising potential would be as follows (minimum estimates):

5 entries @ $20 each = $100

50 paid admissions = $500

50/50 Raffle(s) = $100

Totaling $700

** We are asking that each organization make a minimum donation of $500 with their entry.  Additional donations WELCOME!!  Donation for entry into the finals can be made in one of two ways:

  • A check in the amount of $400 sent directly to the Lebanon VA Hospital in support of the Bus Fund.  Checks sent directly to the Lebanon VA Hospital should be sent to address below.  A copy of the canceled check in the amount of $400 or letter from the Hospital representative acknowledging receipt of funds to accompany Chili Finals Cook-off registration form.  In addition a donation of $100 is provided with Finals event entry form.  Check to be made out as outlined on the registration form.  The $100 is needed to assist with up front finals event start-up costs.
Scott Harman
Director Volunteer Services
1700 S. Lincoln Avenue
Lebanon, PA  17042
Attention:  Volunteer Services (10V)
In memo portion of check Denote: FCP8101 Bus Donation
  • A donation in the amount of $500 sent with the Finals event Registration form.

If you are not part of an organization or your group is too small to organize a preliminary chili cook-off event contact one of the event planners below (Final Cook-Off event) for information on participating organizations to “team” with.

If you organization plans on participating in the 1st Annual Veterans Benefit Chili cook-off please contact one of the final cook-off event planners below as soon as possible.  This information will be needed to pass along to smaller organizations or individuals that would like to participate but do not have the resources to do so.

Final Cook-Off event

Organizing and promoting of this event will be done by the main event planners:

Larry Smith (Smitty)
ALR Chapter 56
Lititz, PA
Frankie Buchanan
Vice President ALR Chapter 185
Mt. Joy, PA

If you would like information on how you can help with this event please contact one of the two individuals above.

No individual entries will be permitted at the finals event.  The only entries allowed at this level will be from participating organizations.  The reason for this is to maximize fundraising potential at the local levels.  For information on participating organizations contact one of the final event planners.

Monies from this event will be raised as follows:

  • Registration Donations
  • Admission Fees
  • Refreshment sales
  • T-shirt Sales
  • 50/50 Raffles
  • Vendor Space fees

A full financial accounting report will be provided to each participating organization within 45 days of the completion of the final event upon request.

Also included in this article you will find:

  1. Preliminary event planning packet.  This packet will help you get your local organization cook-off underway.  We have done most of the up front leg work for you developing forms, suggested rules, suggested cooking/transportation guidelines etc.  Click Here for this information
  2. Final event information packet which includes a Registration Form, Rules, Cooking/transportation Guidelines, Supporter Package Information and Participant Liability Waiver.  Click Here for this information

We hope you will join us in this effort to help meet needs at the Lebanon PA VA Hospital.  LET THE TRASH TALKIN BEGIN!!

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Checks being presented

Checks being presented

Posted: October 2, 2010 
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The checks being presented are to the Lebanon VA Hospital.  American Legion Post 56 donated $10,000.00 and American Legion Riders Chapter 56 donated $3000.00 to Lebanon VA Hospice.

Feed the Vets in the Park

Feed the Vets in the Park

Posted: September 14, 2010 
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American Legion Chapter 56  from Lititz, PA and Chapter 185 from Mt. Joy PA teamed together Monday, September 13th to help American Legion Auxiliary Post 56 with their yearly Feed the Vets in the Park event.

Auxiliary Unit 56 provides a lunch in the Lititz Springs Park for Veterans from the Lebanon VA Hospital each year. The riders helped with the loading and unloading, the set-up and clean up. After the veterans had enough to eat, the riders also helped with an enjoyable bingo game.

It seemed the veterans  could not get enough of the cake, cup cakes and pies. The Auxiliary also provided homemade chicken corn soup, hot dogs with kraut, beans and macaroni salad. While the Riders were to keep the vets entertained with conversation it turns out the Riders were the ones entertained with the stories from the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans.  A great time was held by all.

Ride to Mountain House

Ride to Mountain House

Posted: August 26, 2010 
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You are invited to come join Pennsylvania American Legion Riders Chapter 974 on an amazing fall ride to Mountain House in McConnellsburg, PA.  This is an open invitation to all American Legion Riders and even those who are not an ALR member.   This should prove to be an beautiful ride with the leaves changing for fall and amazing scenery. 

This ride is to Benefit the Lebanon VA Hospital and all the veterans who valantly fought for our freedom.  The cost is $10 per bike and $5 for a passenger.  All proceeds will go to the VA hospital.

The ride is scheduled to meet at 8:00 am at the Walmart in Mechanicsburg, PA off of Route 81.  If interested please email or You can also contact Natalie Hertz at 717-253-0959 to RSVP.  Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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