Renewal Ranch’s eighth annual Chili Cook-off and Silent Auction will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Central Baptist Church, 3333 Dave Ward Drive.
The cook-off competition will feature three team categories: individual, business and church/civic organizations.
Chili judging categories are traditional chili and spicy chili.
Entry forms can be obtained by contacting Bryce Mcghee at 501-733-4263, or by visiting the Renewal Ranch website at www.therenewalranch.org.
The deadline for entering is Wednesday.
The event will also include a chili supper for the public.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children (11 years and younger).
Entertainment for the evening will be from the Renewal Ranch Worship Team.
Silent auction items include a 4 day/3 night Gulf Shores, Alabama, condo package; 3 day/2 night Beaver Lake Cabin weekend (Rogers); 2 night with guided fishing tour at Jack’s Fishing Resort (Mountain View); Teal Grill cookout package; original art; holiday décor; photography packages; Yeti cooler; Milwaukee M-12 fuel drill; restaurant gift certificates; entertainment packages; and more.
Renewal Ranch, located west of Conway on a 102-acre ranch, is in its eighth year of restoring lives that have been broken as a result of drug and alcohol addiction. The program is a 12-month, two-phase residential program where clients receive counseling, intensive Bible study and opportunities to serve others through community work projects.
They will receive the education and life skills training needed to become productive, contributing members to their families and society.
The program has graduated more than 180 men since its start and has had higher than a 60 percent success rate. Secular programs typically only reach a 4-5 percent success rate.
Currently, there are 34 men in the Phase I program and 27 in Phase ll.
The campus has grown from one bunkhouse accommodating 12 men to three bunkhouses.
With the growth has come additional needs.
The small chapel and kitchen are inadequate to accommodate the more than 200 people that include the men and their family members that join them every week for chapel services.
In 2015, the Road to Recovery capital campaign began to build a multi-purpose building that would house a chapel, class rooms, a commercial kitchen and additional bed space.
The Restoration Center is progressing and is in the final stages of the second phase construction process. The original building plan has three phrases to completion.
On average, Renewal Ranch receives 25-30 applications a month from men seeking help.
With the additional space for housing more men and a growing ministry come countless other expenses as well. Events like the Renewal Ranch Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction aid in funding day to day operational costs for the program.