About The Causes

The Orlando Chili Cook-off is produced by Events for Change, Inc and presented by RP Funding.  Events for Change, Inc. operates under a “good times for a great cause” philosophy.  Proceeds from the Orlando Chili Cook-off  benefit Special Olympics Florida and other local non-profits.  Over the last five years, we have raised $200,000 for Special Olympics Florida, placing Events for Change, Inc. in their top tier of donors.

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Special Olympics Florida

  • The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.
  • 200 million people have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide.
  • Special Olympics serves over 3.5 million people in more than 180 countries.
  • Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.
  • Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972, and currently serves 15,000 athletes who train and compete year-round, in 20 different team and individual sports of their choice.
  • Athletes can begin participation 2 years old and there is no upper age limit – there are athletes in their 80’s competing!
  • There is never a fee to the athlete, or their families, for participation, so that no one is left on the side lines due to financial factors.
  • On any given day of the year, there is an average of 121 Special Olympics events being held around the world.
  • Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, and the first International Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968.
  • Special Olympics has a program called Unified Sports® where athletes with and without (called Partners) intellectual disabilities play together on the same teams. There are over 130,000 Unified Sports athletes around the world and over 196,000 Partners now engaged in Unified Sports.
  •  The Young Athletes Program is for children with special needs, ages 2 – 7, and introduces them to the world of sports through instructive play activities.

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Kiwanis International

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time by volunteering to support charities that help kids. Kiwanis and its service leadership programs, like Key Club for high school students, annually dedicate more than 19 million volunteer hours and invest $100 million to strengthen communities and serve children.  The Kiwanis family includes 600,000 adult and youth members and 15,000 clubs in 90 countries.

 

Community Food & Outreach Center

CFOC’s mission is “To help those in need to transform their lives by providing food, crisis care, opportunities for education and employment, and a hand up to families, individuals and children who are fighting to break the cycle of poverty.”  We are dedicated to helping those that are in need to fight hunger, overcome personal crisis and prevent homelessness. We do this by helping struggling families get their basic needs met, connecting those in crisis with the resources and tools needed to get back on their feet, and providing the training and skills necessary to help our neighbors get employment opportunities, achieve their dreams, and regain hope for their lives.