Hot Fest for Hospice seeks salsa team sponsors

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Organizers for Hot Fest for Hospice are in need of salsa-making team sponsors for this year’s event.

Hot Fest for Hospice is a day-long salsa-making contest and live music festival. It is sponsored by Concerts for Charity, an organization co-founded by longtime musician Doug Furze, who passed away last year.

The festival debuted in 2006 and was named Best New festival by Rocford city officials. The 2010 event is Sunday, July 25, at Sinnissippi Park. Admission is free.

The salsa contest is an iron chef cook-off consisting of two-person teams making the condiment from scratch. Prizes will be awarded in six categories including Best Hot, Best Mild, People’s Choice and Best of the Fest.

Festival-goers and a panel of celebrity judges will rank each salsa recipe.

The organization is calling local businesses, nonprofit groups, clubs and government organizations to sponsor teams.

According to Concerts for Charity co-founder Dom Sawchuk, sponsoring a team is a way for organizations to give back to the community.

“Sponsorship gives an organization the opportunity to support a great community organization (Hospice) while having great fun and witnessing great, flashy cooking.”

Team sponsorship starts at $250. Sponsorship packages include a team banner, advertisements in the festival program and inclusion in Hot Fest marketing campaigns. A total of 24 teams will participate.

Sawchuck said all proceeds from the festival stay in the community and are distributed by the Community Foundation.

Concerts for Charity was founded in 2003 after Sawchuk lost his wife to cancer and Furze lost his mother. Each wanted to start an organization that raised money they knew would stay in the community. Proceeds from the 2006 Hot Fest were donated to hospice care providers in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties.

To sponsor a salsa-making team, contact Dom Sawchuk at (815) 621-4477, Mike Coulahan at (815) 988-6436 or visit the event’s Facebook page (!/event.php?eid=109126002464451&ref=ts).

From the May 26-June 1, 2010 issue

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