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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release November 06, 2012

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

DCA Chili for Charity benefit for Food Bank of Iowa, Toys for Tots

Event at State Historical Museum of Iowa with Holiday Promenade Nov. 16

DES MOINES –The Department of Cultural Affairs will present its 8th annual “Chili for Charity” benefit next week in conjunction with the Historic East Village’s Holiday Promenade.

Chili for Charity will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Street in the heart of Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Guests will receive a bowl of chili with toppings, cornbread and a drink for a donation of $5 or a new, unwrapped toy. Vegetarian chili will also be available. Donations will benefit the Food Bank of Iowa and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

The Nick Leo Jazz Quartet, the Girl Scouts and Lite 104.1 will provide entertainment, and Café Baratta’s will offer cookies and adult beverages for sale. Santa Claus will round out the evening with a special appearance for photographs.

The Chili for Charity schedule follows:

5-9 p.m. – Chili for Charity served
5-9 p.m. – Gift Wrapping Station
5-8 p.m. – Nick Leo Jazz Quartet
6:30-7 p.m. – Girl Scout Caroling
7-9 p.m. – Lite 104.1 provides music
7-9 p.m. – Santa Claus (photo opportunity and wishes)

Chili for Charity is sponsored by KCCI-TV, U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Fareway Stores, Iowa Network Services, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFSCME and Café Baratta’s.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.


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