A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. (A-C-T) will hold their eighth annual Chili Cook Off on Friday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The flavorful event will help A-C-T raise both money and awareness to help the United Way of Central Florida improve education, income and health in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties. Things will heat up at A-C-T’s corporate headquarters – 1875 W. Main St. in Bartow (Highway 60 just west of downtown Bartow).
The public is invited to participate by entering a chili and attending to enjoy the smorgasbord of chili and all the fixings. Chili entries are free. Each $10 lunch ticket includes chili, beverage, dessert, and entertainment. A-C-T offers to-go orders. Local amateur chefs will enter their culinary masterpieces in three categories – hot (fiery, light-you-up!); mild (for the more sensitive palate); and imaginative (e.g. white chicken, vegetarian, gluten-free). Judging will begin shortly before the 11:30 a.m. start and winners will be announced as soon as the scores are tabulated.
Last year’s cook off boasted record numbers – raising more than $15,000 in 120 minutes for the United Way. A-C-T expects this year’s event to be an even bigger success.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said this about his previous judging experience, “A-C-T has come up with a great event and every chili I sampled was so good it made picking a winner a lot tougher than I expected it to be. That being said, the judges have the privilege of tasting each and every entry in the category they judge and that’s a pretty good deal. I’d gladly do it again for that benefit alone!”
This year, Sheriff Judd returns as a local celebrity judge. He joins community leaders: Seth McKeel (Southern Strategies Group); Dr. Randy Avent (President, Florida Polytechnic University); Brian Burns (The Ledger Media Group); Roger Todd (97Country Breakfast Club, on-air personality); Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell; Brian Haas (State Attorney); Merissa Green (Polk County Schools); and Kellie Cowan (FOX 13 on-air personality).
A-C-T is seeking sponsorships, chili entries and accepting donations for the event. Purchase tickets and/or make donations online at www.uwcf.org/chili.
Download the Chili entry form here.
Join our Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048584205244041/. For more information, contact A-C-T at 863-533-2000 x603 or email Chili2@A-C-T.com
About A-C-T: A-C-T is an established multi-disciplined professional environmental, engineering and field services firm with expertise in a range of areas, including environmental sciences, engineering, industrial hygiene, industrial services, infrastructure, waste management and emergency response.
A-C-T employs nearly 100 full-time, part-time and contract professionals from its offices in Bartow, Gainesville, Orlando, Naples, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, and Sarasota. The firm was recognized for five consecutive years as one of Florida Trend’s Top 100 Companies to Work For and is also a Polk Works Employer of Distinction and Best Places to Work. A-C-T is also Bartow’s Committee of 100’s 2012 Green Business of the Year. For more information about A-C-T, visit www.A-C-T.com.