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HHS TWRC Wildlife Center is hosting our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraising Event on February 11 from 3 PM to 6 PM at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church. In addition to amazing chili, we will have an auction, yard games, Education Presentations with our Animal Ambassadors, and much more.

The funds raised at this year's Chili Cook-Off will go toward our Jeannie Gresko Memorial Building Fund. We have several goals for the upcoming year; however, the most pressing is the need to raise $100,000+ by September for a larger, permanent building. A generous donor has offered to match the $100,000, so your participation will make twice the impact!

This building would allow us to:  

    • Expand the number of animals and species in our Animal Care Program.  
    • Administer more in-depth hospital care.  
    • Design a classroom for education programs, summer camps, and community events.  
    • Provide our Ambassador Animals with enhanced enclosures and enrichment.   
    • And much, much more! 

We'd love for you to join in the fun and support our mission whether you enter our Chili Cook-Off, attend the event, and/or bid in our Auction!

Rendering of our future building

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Make a donation to support our goal of enhancing wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, and education work in the Greater Houston area.

$15,000 Goal


Total Raised


  • Prizes will be given to First, Second, and Third Place as determined by official judges as well as People's Choice as determined by attendees.
  • All Chili must be prepared and cooked offsite.
  • Participants must supply their own utensils, ice coolers, electric crock pots, electric burners etc. (NO open flames will be allowed).
  • Participants must prepare all foods in accordance with health and safety standards.
  • All food - whether stored, resting, or cooking - must always be maintained at food-safe temperatures. All food handling, preparation, and serving must comply with all local and state guidelines, policies, and rules.
  • Participants are responsible for appliance safety and operation. Electricity will be available onsite.
  • All Participants must bring enough Chili for judging and guest sampling; about 6-12 quarts. If you bring more Chili, it must be kept warm or on ice and must always be maintained at food-safe temperatures.
  • Participants are responsible for table setup and cleanup.
  • Participants will be provided with a table area, sampling cups and spoons for guests, and judging samples.
  • All Chili ingredients must be printed and visible on your table for consumers.


Competition chili is judged blind on the following five criteria:

  1. AROMA
  3. COLOR
  4. TASTE


All entry fees are nonrefundable. In the event the Chili Cook-Off is canceled, HHS TWRC will not refund entry fees. Your entry fee will be considered a charitable donation.

Hosted By

Houston Humane Society
Please contact Anna Saxton for more information.


St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Memorial Drive, Houston, TX, USA

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