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Chili Crossroads Bible Church to host ninth annual wild game dinner

| February 8, 2019

Christina Herriman stands beside the 7’7” sailfish she caught off the coast of Miami. This sailfish will be displayed at the Wild Game Dinner on Feb. 23. Get tickets at www.chiliwildgame.com.

CHILI – Experience the taste of alligator, bison, turtle, and other wild meat while helping children with dyslexia at the ninth annual wild game dinner at Chili Crossroads Bible Church on Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon and at 5 p.m.

This year’s dinner features new premiere seating which will include seating closer to the stage as well as additional meats to choose from: Kangaroo from Australia, beef tenderloin cooked on The Big Green Egg, and coconut jumbo shrimp with mango and pineapple sauce that resembles the dipping sauce from a popular seafood restaurant chain. Premiere ticket holders will also be able to dine on cheesecake made by Mike Abood.

“Everything Julie and I do is connected back to our desire to share the good news that Christ died for our sins and rose again,” said Neal Dearyan, pastor at Chili Crossroads. “So filling a place to capacity twice and sharing that good news in a gracious and appropriate way is why I breathe.”

Premiere tickets are $50 and regular tickets are $15. All proceeds go to help children with dyslexia. According to Yale University, 25 percent of the population suffers from dyslexia. Chili Crossroads Bible Church has opened its doors to local students who are affected by dyslexia for one-on-one tutoring. Currently, there are 23 students and three tutors.

“We have the potential to grow to 200 students and I want to do that,” said Dearyan. “My goal is that every kid in Ohio has access to this.”

Dyslexia has been labeled as a disability.

“I don’t think of it as that because some of the smartest people in the world are dyslexic,” said Dearyan. “We want to turbo charge the brains of kids with dyslexia in this community so they can be the Einsteins and Steve Jobs that God created them to be.”

Chili Crossroads uses the Orton Gillingham Reading Program which is a one-on-one tutoring program that helps to rewire the brain so that reading comprehension can be achieved. This is an 18 to 36 month process that can change the lives of young kids with dyslexia.

“We’re trying to spread awareness,” said Dearyan. “We want to use this event to raise awareness. We’re raising awareness while holding the solution in our hands. We’re working with local schools and teachers and we’re grateful for the good work they are doing and providing the help that they need. We want every kid to have the love of reading instilled in them.”

Tickets for the wild game dinner can be purchased at Woodbury Outfitters, Charm Outdoors, at the church, and on their website at chilibiblechurch.org/wild. Tickets are available for both dinners at noon and at 5 p.m. For the past several years, tickets have sold out quickly, so get your tickets now. People are welcome to wear camo.

In addition to the dinner, ticket holders are invited to bring homemade chili to participate in the chili contest. Different state representatives will be judging this year. Dearyan is requesting that people who want to enter chili in both the noon dinner and the 5 p.m. dinner to bring two separate chili recipes.

“I love the idea that it helps fight cabin fever,” said Dearyan. “By the time Feb. 23 rolls around, we’re usually all about to go stir crazy. I’m looking forward to selling out both times and having a great time.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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