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Weezer Headlines Legendary DC101 Chili Cook-Off
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Weezer Headlines Legendary DC101 Chili Cook-Off

This story comes to us from Teri Washington:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DC101’s Elliot in the Morning, the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area (NKF/NCA) and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) announced today that Weezer will headline the 32nd annual DC101 Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, May 21 on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. This legendary event, D.C.’s biggest one-day rock festival, is expected to raise $1.5 million to benefit the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area. Gates open at 11 a.m.

Growing in stature and gaining momentum every year, the DC101 Chili Cook-Off is the largest one-day fundraiser for the National Kidney Foundation nationwide. Last year’s Cook-Off attracted 25,000 people and raised over $1.3 million dollars to support the Foundation’s programs in research, patient services, professional and public education, and organ donation awareness.

NKF/NCA Division President & Government Relations Director Preston A. Englert, Jr., CAE, said, “We are indebted to DC101 for the decades of support they have provided. The Chili Cook-Off is a significant fundraiser that helps support programs such as research that leads to medical breakthroughs, our patient emergency fund, and free early detection screenings for at-risk members of our community.” 

In addition to Weezer, the lineup of bands for this year’s Chili Cook-Off include national recording artists SeetherPapa RoachPanic! At The Disco, Neon TreesPaper Tongues, and Middle Class Rut.  According to DC101 Program Director James Howard, "We at DC101 strive to bring elite entertainment to this event every year. Chili Cook-Off will yet again be more than a good time because it comes with the knowledge you helped make a difference.”

The Washington, D.C. area leads the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease with 700,000 affected, nearly 6,000 on dialysis and more than 1,500 waiting for a kidney transplant.

True to its name, the Chili Cook-Off features an intense competition between 101 chili cooks in four categories: Red Chili, Green Chili, Freestyle, and Salsa. The 2010 Red Chili winner, Monica Parker with “Monica’s ‘Show Me the Money’ Chili,” went on to compete in the World Championship in New Hampshire this past fall. 

The WCSA is pleased to be hosting the event on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. According to Erik Moses, Managing Director of the WCSA Sports, Entertainment and Special Events Division, "In just our third year of hosting the DC101 Chili Cook-Off at RFK Stadium, it’s quickly become one of the most anticipated events on our calendar. With another fantastic musical lineup, it will be a great time for all and more importantly, raise money for a worthy cause.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $35 in advance general admission and $250 for limited VIP tickets, which include complimentary beer, soda, water, private port-a-johns and an elevated view of the stage, plus all applicable Ticketmaster and service fees. Tickets are $55 at the gate the day of the Chili Cook-Off. The RFK Stadium Box Office will be open during the week (M-F) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ONLY selling tickets with NO service charge.

RFK Stadium is easily accessible by Metrorail on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and numerous bus lines. Secured parking is also available.


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