Saturday, February 25th will mark the third year that First National Bank of NWA has participated in and sponsored Chilirhea.  Chilirhea is a chili cooking event with live music and a silent auction that benefits Alzheimer’s Arkansas.  This year we hope to improve on our chili and move up the rankings in the tasting contest.

This event is more than just cooking chili, for some of us its bragging rights with our friends.  Our day starts at 8 am to begin cooking the chili to be served at noon, while the chili is cooking the teams begin decorating their serving stations inside the venue (seeing some of these alone is worth coming). Each year a new theme gives the teams a chance to show their creative talent with decorating their table and some even choose to dress up to match the theme.

Although this goes to benefit a great cause and is a lot of fun to those who attend and volunteer it has a special place in mine and my wife, Courtney’s heart.  Both of her grandmothers have suffered from Alzheimer’s and seeing the toll this takes on the person and the family who loves them, made me want to get more involved with something to help this cause.  After we had attended the event, Courtney encouraged me to get involved, and FNBNWA helped with sponsoring our team.

This event has grown since it began in a garage with friends cooking chili and now it’s at the Fayetteville Town Center. Chilirhea is Saturday, February 25th at the Fayetteville Town Center and the event starts at noon.  For more information, visit the Chilirhea website.

Levon Levon Ogden is a Vice-President Commercial Loan Officer for First National Bank of NWA with 16 years of banking experience in the NWA market.  He and his wife, Courtney, live in Fayetteville with their twins, Levi and Madden Claire, where he is very involved in the community as a board member for Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club, also working with the Delta Waterfowl Association, as well as Bikes Blues & BBQ.