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Shriner joins firefighters at chili cook-off to raise awareness and promote safety

Monday, September 15, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) On Saturday, September 20, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., Safetyville USA will host its 4th Annual Firefighters Chili Cook-Off. Wally Clark, Ben Ali Shriner and emeritus member of the Board of Governors at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, will be there with his antique fire truck to throw his recipe into the pot. Clark will be joined by fellow Shriners Bill Dishman and Bob Taylor as they compete against firefighters, dispatch workers and others for bragging rights to the best chili.

Clark has been actively involved with the Northern California Shriners Hospital for over 20 years. He has married his enthusiasm for classic cars and community by taking his restored 1921 fire truck to events that raise funds and awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"My fire truck is a natural fit for this event, and I believe in actively helping children learn about safety, especially burn safety," says Clark.

Clark will park his truck in front of the Shriners Hospital at Safetyville, where families will enjoy a host of activities during the cook-off. Safetyville USA is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1934, whose mission is to reduce injuries and save lives by empowering adults and children to make positive decisions. Shriners Hospitals for Children partners with Safetyville to promote safety awareness.

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $5 each, and children 5 and under are admitted for free. All proceeds benefit Safetyville USA, located at 3909 Bradshaw Road. For more information, call 916-438-3351 or email terry@safetycenter.org for more information.

Ranked as one of the top pediatric orthopaedic programs by U.S. News & World Report, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is a regional a pediatric medical center providing the gift of specialized care to children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, scars from any cause, cleft lip and other complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, please call 916-453-2000 or go online to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org