BENTON-STEPHENS: Chili Fun Day will be open to the public

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 5:42 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Benton Elementary School will hold its annual Chili Fun Day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Games, a cakewalk, raffles and food will be part of the event, said Mary White, PTA president. Everyone is invited, she said.

Raffle prizes include contributions from parents and teachers such as books, notebooks, colorful school items and a "super donation that is usually a surprise to everyone," White said. Also, a gift certificate for a tattoo from Gaslight Gallery has been donated as a raffle prize for adults 18 and over.

"We are very grateful for donations made and the hard work put forth by PTA members and staff," White wrote in an email.

Tickets cost $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

Proceeds will go toward "purchases deemed most important to help our students prosper," White said.

Chili Fun Day has always been open to the public, but this year the PTA used different methods of advertising by running a newspaper ad and creating a Facebook page.

"This year we're hoping it's going to be a lot better because we're much more organized than we have been in the past," White said. "Benton is growing, expanding, and I am very proud to be part of such a great team."

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