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November 1, 2011 > Carnival of Thanks

Carnival of Thanks

Submitted By Rick LaPlante
Photos By Courtesy of Michael Ritchie

The New Haven Boosters Association is helping the New Haven Schools Foundation fulfill a $100,000 donation to the District that helped save after-school activities for the 2011-12 school year. In that regard, the Boosters will hold a fund-raising carnival and chili cook-off on Sunday, November 6 at James Logan High School.

The "Carnival of Thanks," from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include game and food booths, a talent showcase with prize giveaways and 50-50 fund-raisers that will give participants a chance to donate to the activities fund and also win gift baskets and cash prizes. Entry to the carnival is free. Tickets for individual games sell for 50 cents each.

Another highlight will be a chance for chili-makers - and chili-lovers - to participate in a cook-off, sponsored by Texas Roadhouse. Setup for the event begins at 11 a.m. Contestants are asked to fix a crock pot of their best chili, enough to provide 30-40 samples. Tasting cups and spoons will be provided but contestants should bring all other materials and fixings. The entry fee has been reduced to $25 for adults/$10students; a tasting fee is only $5. Sampling of the entries is from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the final judging. A cash prize will be awarded to the winning entrant who is chosen as the best chili chef. To enter, e-mail Florence Graham (

"We are looking for groups to share in the fun with a food or game booth," said District parent and Boosters member Natalie Haney, who has taken the lead role in organizing the event. "We are also looking for groups who wish to join our talent showcase. "Let's get all school sites, sports groups and school activities represented."

Several groups already have signed up for booths. Logan's cheerleaders will do face-painting and offer a bean-bag toss, and the girls' softball team is planning a bounce house. The track and field and cross-country teams will sponsor 40-yard dash, broad jump and other competitions, and the football team will have a passing contest. The wrestling team will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, linguisa and drinks. To volunteer, or to get more information about carnival booths or the cook-off, e-mail Ms. Haney (

The New Haven Boosters Association is leading the effort to raise $50,000 in funds toward the Foundation's $100,000 pledge to the District to help fund stipends for the coaches and advisers who lead extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. For general information about the Boosters, e-mail Michael Ritchie (

Carnival of Thanks
Sunday, November 6
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
James Logan High School, parking lot
1800 H Street, Union City

For information, email:
Admission to the carnival is free. Tickets for individual games are 50 cents each.
Chili cook-off entry fee: $25 adults/$10 students. Contact:
Benefit for New Haven Schools

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