5 Questions: Organizer dishes on Roseville Celebrity Chili Cook-off

By: Sydney Maynard, Press Tribune intern
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      An evening of chili, raffle prizes and music will be delivered at the 2012 Roseville Celebrity Chili Cook-Off. Roseville celebrities will come together and cook their chili to benefit Campus Life and Coalition for Placer Youth, two organizations dedicated to helping kids in Placer County.

     Among the 20 cooks will be Fox 40 television anchor Paul Robins, Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn, Keaton Raphael Foundation founder Robyn Raphael, Roseville City Councilmember Carol Garcia and Mikuni co-owner and chef Taro Arai.

     A group of judges will award select chilis with first, second and third place, along with the People's Choice Award, where attendees will be able to sample different chilis and vote on their favorite. The winners will receive gift certificates to local restaurants and the right to say they make the best chili in Roseville.

     Rob Maxey, 49, works for Campus Life and was part of the team that organized the inaugural event, which took three months to coordinate.

     Maxey's goal is to raise $20,000 for Campus Life and he expects 300-400 people to attend.


1. What is Campus Life?

A program that's been around for about 60 years. We fall under the umbrella called Youth for Christ, a faith-based organization. Billy Gray was the first employee back in the 1940s and was part of that. (We are) on about 2,000 campuses around the country. (We) work with both middle school and high school students. (We) work in areas of confidence, character, responsibility and of course, faith.


2. Why did you decide to organize this event?

We work with thousands of local middle school and high school kids. With the economy not doing well, we are actually feeding more and more needy local kids. We felt it was a way to create awareness of what we do, help feed more kids and help develop programs in the local schools.


3. How will the money benefit you and the program?

(We've) self fund(ed) everything that we've done up to this point. Because of the economy and because our programs are growing rapidly, we need a lot of help.


4. Would you encourage people to attend this event? Why?

Multiple reasons. There will be some great chili, desserts (and) entertainment at night. Certainly chili is a big part of it. Our chili cooks are local celebrities - it will be one place to come where you can meet all of the influential leaders in Roseville and the surrounding areas all with the purpose of creating awareness of the youth in our community. (It's a) local campaign (and) all proceeds (benefit) Placer County.


5. Do you see this event happening again in the future?

Yeah, we've had (a) great response. I think it will become an annual event in the community where we will continue to create awareness of the programs we are doing. Everyone likes chili. I think it will be a fun community event that we hope will continue for many years.


What: 2012 Roseville Celebrity Chili Cook-Off

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 16

Where: Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville

Cost: $20

Info: (916) 869-8835 or