Westerville News & Public Opinion

Wendy's Chili Open changing to Kroger Chilly Open


A new presenting sponsor has brought a new name to popular local fundraiser.

The former Wendy’s Chili Open will become the Kroger Chilly Open in its 2013 rendition, scheduled for Feb. 2. at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The event is the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise’s largest annual fundraiser.

It still will feature food from local restaurants, live music, silent and live auctions and zoo-wide entertainment, as well as The Children’s Open, which will provide supervised entertainment for children ages 5 to 12

But Wendy’s is out and Kroger is in as the presenting sponsor, thus the change from Chili Open to Chilly Open.

In its 16-year history, the event has raised $1.9 million for local children’s charities, such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Flying Horse Farms, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, the Ohio Troopers Caring Fund, the Sunrise Rotary Foundation, the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, Buckeye Ranch and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Organizers say it is one of the largest one-day fundraisers organized and planned by Rotary clubs nationwide.

In addition to Kroger, this year’s event is sponsored by Papa John’s and media sponsors WBNS-10TV, The Columbus Dispatch, WCOL 92.3, ThisWeek Community News and ClearChannel Outdoor.