Chili cook-off to benefit Barrington family


People are encouraged to bring a hearty appetite to the 5th annual Heartworks Soup and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, March 29 at the event room at Cutler Mills in Warren.

The cook-off will benefit Barrington’s Prew family — Hal Prew died unexpectedly on Jan. 25 at the age of 45 after suffering a heart attack. Hal, a father of three, was well-known locally for coaching youth sports teams.

“I offered to compete as a way to support Hal’s family as he dedicated many hours and years to coaching my girls’ softball teams,” said Barrington resident Beth Suriani. “He coached for both Barrington Little League and the Barrington Diamonds. He was the biggest advocate for girls’ softball in Barrington and was the best coach. Hal was the kind of coach who every parent hopes their child is on his team.

“He brought such enthusiasm and excitement to every practice and game. He wanted all his players to succeed and to be the best player they could ever be. The girls felt this genuine love, support and passion he had for his players and the sport.

“His kind words and dedication to all his players and the softball families will be forever remembered by our family. We are truly thankful and grateful for our paths having crossed Hal Prews’,” she said.

Mrs. Suriani and her team — she and Devon Egge — will be making French onion soup for the Heartworks event. Other friends will compete as well. A total of 10 different soups and chili will be offered.

The cost of admission ($40 per ticket) also includes wine and beer provided by Grapes and Grains of Barrington. Desserts will be made by Heartworks members and a DJ will offer entertainment.

Heartworks is a non-profit organization that provides assistance and encouragement to people experiencing challenging life circumstances.

• What: Heartworks Soup and Chili Cook-Off

• When: Saturday, March 29, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

• Where: The Event Room at Cutler Mills, 16 Cutler Street, Warren

• Tickets: $40 per person and can be purchased at the door

• More information: or

— By Joan D. Warren


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