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8th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness is holding their 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20th from 12:00pm -4:00pm at the Pollack Center for Recovery and Wellness 939 Johnson Avenue in Ronkonkoma, NY.

This fun filled family event attracts over 1,000 people from across Long Island. Chili Cook-Off teams represent local restaurants, businesses and individuals who compete for Best Chili in meat and vegan categories. Judges announce the winners, including the popular People’s Choice prize. Two live bands, a DJ, a host of children’s games, Halloween costume contest, fabulous raffle prizes, lots of food and beverages, and one of a kind unique vendors ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. Proceeds raised from this event go to benefit people affected by mental illness as well as at-risk and homeless Veterans.

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness was formed in 2014 upon the merger of two Suffolk County mental health organizations, the Mental Health Association in Suffolk and Clubhouse of Suffolk, along with Suffolk County United Veterans. While our individual histories date back over 25 years, we have strengthened our resources that help those facing psychiatric disabilities as well as those experiencing mental health issues for the first time, plus with an enhanced focus on serving our Veterans, we are able to better serve all of Suffolk County’s residents.

You may go to, call 631-471-7242 ext. 1329 or email for additional information.

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