I just love to write about local events in the Tampa Bay area. Maybe that’s because I was a stringer for newspapers at one time.
Or maybe it’s because I just love to do it.
At any rate, there is one event coming up — in two days — that I am drawn to because I love so many aspects of it. First, it’s a food event. And those who know me know I love food. Second, it’s a fundraiser that benefits kids. And last, but certainly not least, in fact the most important to me: it benefits kids with disabilities.
It’s the Spice it Up! Chili Cookoff, a fundraiser held at the Clearwater YMCA to raise scholarship funds for kids who attend Camp COAST, a camp for children with autism. Camp COAST operates out of the Clearwater Y, and is for children whose families live in upper Pinellas county.
Weather in our area on Saturday at lunchtime is supposed to be cool and partly cloudy, perfect chili weather.
Also, there will be lots of vendors in attendance, including yours truly. I will be selling my handmade, crafty awareness items. So if you live in the Tampa Bay area, love chili, and want to raise autism awareness, come find me!