Pets for Vets

‘Bad Dads’ win chili cook-off

June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

On Saturday June 2, the Second Annual Chili Cook-off to benefit the American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project and Pets for Vets was held outside the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids. The Chili Cook-off team of “The Two Bad Dads” took home three awards. Bill McDaniel and Tom Troyanowski won “Best Booth,” first place, in traditional red chili and the “People’s Choice” award.

American spirit, smell of chili, in the air at car show

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

The thunder heard in Rockford Saturday morning was the sound of over 190 classic cars assembling for the American Legion’s second annual Classic Car Show. More than $5000 was raised and will be divided between The Wounded Warrior Program, Pets For Vets and local Legion programs. Visitors taking a break from looking at cars climbed a 30 foot rock wall provided by the U.S. Army, played games, enjoyed the smell of chili being prepared for the cook-off contest, ate a delicious meal in the Post lounge or just relaxed while listening to great music. Excitement ran high as the results of the Chili Cook-off and Car Show were announced. After tasting and sometimes re-tasting all the chili entries, the judges awarded first prize to Marty Crane of Belmont, with her “Make a Man Outa You” chili. Brothers Rick and Jeremy Siegel, otherwise known as “Fat Kid Chili,” received the People’s Choice Award. With so many fine cars assembled, judging was a most difficult task. In the end, car show participants judged the 1933 Ford, three window coupe “Hi Boy” owned by Jim Grzeszak as Best in Show. People’s Choice Award went to Buck Jones of Rockford for his 1955 Chevy Bel Air, restored to factory specs by Buck himself. The Commander’s Trophy was awarded to Jim Bienick of Grand Rapids, for his 1932 Ford Three Window Coupe. “It was a perfect day and a perfect show” said Clyde Sinclair, Commander of the Post. “We owe so much to the participants who made this event such a stunning success. The car owners, Chili Cook-off participants, the Courtland and Sparta Fire Departments, the U.S. Army, our sponsors and the volunteers. Thanks to everyone who participated, it is possible for us to provide much needed funds for our disabled veterans.” Commander Sinclair went on to say, “I need to give a special thank you to Dr. Lori Vorpi of Vorpi Chiropractic and her staff. We couldn’t have done it without them, they are fantastic.”    

Classic car show will feature music, games, more

May 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford American Legion Post will be hosting its second annual Classic Car Show on June 4 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Pets for Vets and other local Legion endeavors. Included in the show will be cars of every kind: antiques, classics, muscle cars, hot rods and special interest cars of all types and sizes. Special fun-filled events featuring music from the 1950s through the 1980s, games for children of all ages, a Michigan Blood drive, rock-climbing wall with the U.S. Army, great food from the grill, a chili cook-off, auction, and more will make this day one to be remembered. The event is free and the Legion is open to the public all day. There is a $10 entry fee for the classic cars. Full details are available at or by calling (616) 866-1081.