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Chilifest Donates Over $200,000

Chilifest, Inc. donates more than $200,000 to Brazos Valley nonprofits, establishes Texas A&M endowment

In its 27th year, Chilifest presented checks Friday totaling more than $200,000 to 41 local nonprofits following another successful music festival.

This year’s event featured both cold temperatures and hot performances from county musicians such as headliner Chris Young, Casey Donahew, Bri Bagwell and more.

“This is kind of one of the most important parts about Chilifest,” said Robert Cary, president of Chilifest. “In my mind, actually the most important. Chilifest is a lot of fun and we do a lot of different things throughout the year, but this is the one that gives the whole event a lot of meaning.”

One of the largest beneficiaries was the Texas A&M Foundation endowment for the creation of a scholarship in the name of the music festival.

“This is something that we’ve been working on for a couple of years now. We’re very excited for this year to be the year that we were able to get this done,” Cary said. “We hope that Chilifest continues for many many years, but this will go on forever. This is an endowment through the Texas A&M Foundation and this will provide a scholarship every single year to a handful of students, from now until forever.”

Burleson County Go Texan Association, which provides scholarships for students living in Burleson County, also received $25,000.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley received $15,000 and Coach Blair Charities received $10,000 in donations.

The recent event is officially the largest Chilifest on record with 37,000 people attending the two-day music festival, giving the organization the opportunity to provide donations no smaller than $1,000 to 41 local nonprofits.

Chilifest 2019 is scheduled for April 5-6.

Full list of Chilifest beneficiaries

Organization Donation
BCS Habitat for Humanity $1,000
Burleson County 4H Exchange $1,000
Burleson County Fair Association $1,000
Bubba Moore Memorial Group $1,000
Colorado County Area Go Texan $1,000
Leukemia Texas $1,000
Shattered Dreams $1,000
The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley $1,000
BVCASA $1,500
Doo Gooders $1,500
Gonzales County Go Texan $1,500
Somerville United Methodist Men & Women $1,500
Brazos Valley C.A.R.E. $2,000
College Station Morning Lions Club $2,000
Folds of Honor $2,000
Helping Heroes Burn Foundation $2,000
National Alliance of Mental Illness of Brazos Valley $2,000
 SPJST Youth Group $2,000
T.R.O.Y. $2,000
Keep Burleson County Beautiful $2,500
Still Creek Ranch $2,500
Chris Young Foundation — Hurrican Harvey Relief $3,000
Newton County Go Texan $3,000
Snook 4H $3,000
Snook EEA $3,000
Snook Lions Club $3,000
Down Syndrome Association $3,500
Snook PTO $3,500
Texas Ramp Project $3,500
Voices for Children $3,500
Slaton Smith Charitable Foundation $4,000
Somerville Church of God $4,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters $6,000
Snook Ag Boosters $6,000
Burleson County First Responders $8,000
CHI St. Joseph EMS $8,000
Snook Volunteer Fire Department $8,000
Coach Blair Charities $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley $15,000
Burleson County Go Texans $25,000
Texas A&M Foundation Endowment — Chilifest Scholarship $25,000

Eagle Staff Report |  May 19, 2018

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