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Chili and chowder cook-off raises money for local organization

BANGOR- The Bangor Fire Department rallied all the local restaurants together Saturday night for a night of flavor and competition; all for a good cause!

The 4th Annual Chili and Chowder Cook-Off took place at Hollywood Casino.

Locals could come in and sample all the best chowders and chili's provided by local restaurants such as Blaze, The Bacon Tree, Governor's, 11 Central, and even Husson University.

These restaurants all competed to see who is the best with special celebrity judges and the firefighters deciding.

“We have quite a few restaurants this year, I think about 25 or 26 different restaurants here with professional entries. Some of them even brought both a chili and a chowder,” said Lt. Andrew Emery with the Bangor Fire Department.

This event is extremely important to the fire department as all proceeds from the competition benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine.

This event in particular is expected to supply a huge percentage of the money raised from their fill the boot campaign.

“Well this event kicks off our fundraiser for the year, so about 10% of our yearly fundraiser comes from tonight. So we're hoping to raise about five thousand tonight towards our fifty thousand dollar goal for the year,” said Emery.

This is the first year that the Bangor Fire Department has been able to use a high profile location such as the one provided by Hollywood Casino this year and they hope they can continue to use the venue in the next few years coming as well.

Ashley Paul

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Ashley joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in April 2015. After working as an intern at Fox 29 in Philadelphia, Fox 25 and Channel 7 in Boston, and The Today Show in Australia, she is so excited to officially kick off her career as a reporter here in Maine!

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ashley has had an interest in news since anchoring the morning broadcast at her elementary school at the age of 10. Ashley is also a graduate of Boston University, with a degree in Journalism. At BU, she participated in various BUTV programs and reported live from the democratic headquarters during the election day coverage.

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