January fundraiser roundup: The Big Cheese, Burns Dinner, AMoA Gala, Tri-State Chili Cookoff
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The Big Cheese fundraiser is Jan. 26.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The first month of the new year will offer some delicious ways to give back.


Make-A-Wish Tri-State Chili Cookoff

This annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of North Texas on Jan. 13 promises tasty treats and hopefully no heartburn.

In 32 years, the event has raised about $750,000 for the nonprofit, organizer Pam Matheson said. 

Setup hours are 1 to 11 p.m. Jan. 12. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Rex Baxter Building on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave. Tasting cups are $5.

Cost is $30 to enter your own chili.

Call 806-674-8423.


Burns Night Celebration

This party, hosted by and benefitting Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, will toast Scottish poet Robert Burns with Scottish foods and treats, dessert from Scratch Made Bakey, Scotch tastings, bagpipes, poetry and more.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4901 Cornell St.

Tickets are $50.

Call 806-352-6007.


Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Wine Dinner

Enjoy meal and wine pairing at this fundraising dinner for the Amarillo Area Bar Foundation.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Amarillo Country Club, 4800 Bushland Blvd.

The public event also features live and silent auctions. 

The foundation raises funds for scholarships for area students; last year, it gave out $10,000, said Donna Peck, event co-chair.

Admission is $125.

Call 806-371-7226.



The Big Cheese

Sample 25 varieties of mac & cheese from area chefs at this fundraiser for The Hope and Healing Place.

Attendees can vote on their favorite, and People's Choice and Kids' Choice awards will be given. Children also can create macaroni art, and everyone can pose in the Say Cheese Photo Booth. Other party games and raffles also will take place.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Rex Baxter Building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.

Admission is $25 for adults and $5 for children.

Call 806-371-8998.


Achievement in Art Gala

Amarillo couple Mike and Dalia Engler have built a world-class collection of modernist and minimalist art.

Their collection will be honored at Amarillo Museum of Art's annual Achievement in Art Gala, with cocktails and gallery viewing at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. Jan. 27.

The exhibition will be on view through March 31.

Gala tickets are $200; museum admission during regular hours is free.

Call 806-371-5050.




Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.