UPDATE 2/2– The Central PA Humane Society (CPHS) announced that their Chili Fest & Wings Fundraiser has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The CPHS made the decision to cancel the event on Monday. Originally the fundraiser was set to take place on Jan. 22 but was moved to March 26 at the Bavarian Aid Society’s Grand Ballroom because of the rise of COVID-19 cases.

“The CPHS Board of Directors has made a very difficult decision to cancel Chili Fest 2022 due to COVID-19,” the CPHS said in a statement. ” Unfortunately, the number of cases continues to rise and we need to ensure the safety of the public. We know this news is extremely upsetting to those who enjoy attending and participating in the event. These events are so important to us as a non-profit.”

For those that purchased tickets, these are the following options that the CPHS gave to get a refund:

  • If you purchased Chili Fest Tickets at the shelter, please contact Casey Brennan at cbrennan@centralpahumane.org to arrange for a refund, or call 814-942-5402 and leave your name and number and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
  • If you purchased a ticket online using EventBrite, please follow the instruction in your email for a refund (it could take 1-3 business days for you to see a refund in the account used to purchase.)

The Harley Raffle is still on for March 26 with details to soon follow. For sponsors and participants, the CPHS said that they will be contacted within 48 hours of the announcement.

For the future, the CPHS has said that plan to focus on raffles and outdoor events until the COVID-19 cases greatly decrease.


ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — It was a “ruff” call to make, but the Central PA Humane Society announced they’re moving their Chili Fest & Wings Fundraiser due to COVID-19.

The event was scheduled to take place Saturday, Jan. 22, but will now happen at the Bavarian Aid Society’s Grand Ballroom on March 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“It was not an easy decision to make, but even though shelter funds will suffer through our winter months, our main concern is for our community. After all, it’s only through you, the community, that our shelter doors remain open. We cannot in good faith hold this 500 plus person event with the ongoing numbers of Covid 19 cases rising in our area. Our hope is that March 26th will be a healthier time for everyone,” the Humane Society said in their release.

Tickets are available for $25 per person, 21 and older. There’s also a new VIP ticket available for $40 that lets you in an hour before everyone else, but there are only 100 of them so you have to act fast!

Both sets of Tickets are on sale now prior to the event and can be purchased at the Central PA Humane Society and on the CPHS website at www.centralpahumane.org.

Chili and Wing contestants are made up of both restaurants and individuals from Blair and surrounding counties all vying for the prize of Best Chili and/or Wings judged by a panel of celebrity judges. This year there will be 2 live bands – ‘Ages’ and ‘Stephanie & the Wild Hearts’ — and you’ll get to dance the night away.

There will also be a cash bar, basket raffles, 50/50 raffles, gift certificates and great prizes.

CPHS is still looking for sponsors and contestants so if you would like to be involved and support the shelter animals please call Becky Felton @ 814-935-3848 or email her at Bfelton@centralpahumane.org.

More on how this event benefits the Central PA Humane Society:

Proceeds from the CPHS Chili Fest & Wings will benefit the Central PA Humane Society general operations and day-to-day running of the shelter.

CPHS takes in approximately 1,700-2,000 unwanted and abandoned animals every year. They receive no government support or financial assistance from other national rescue groups and rely solely on donations from the community and fundraisers such as this event. CPHS has a very dedicated staff and amazing volunteers who give everything to provide these scared, often abused animals comfort and love during their stay.

CPHS Medical bills are over $365,000 yearly, only showing that the shelter will never turn its back on a neglected, abused or sick animal in need that can be helped! The shelter finds homes for between 1600 to 1700 animals per year and reunites up to 200-300 with their owners.

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