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Mel’s Charities partners with Bell’s Brewery to raise money for Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

Bell's and Mel's Charities are teaming up to raise money for the community in Ozaukee County.

Bell’s Brewery and Mel’s Charities of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, are teaming up to raise money for community organizations serving special needs, human services and memorial scholarships.

During the month of January, an incredible list of participating restaurants will help bring awareness to a great community resource and compete for the honor of Best Chili on the Bell’s Ozaukee County Chili Trail.

“The money we raise during this month-long event will stay right here in the community. We will follow all local health guidelines, which along with a to-go option, will help keep people safe while we support Mel’s Charities,” said John Lutz, Sales Representative for Bell’s.

We specifically chose a month to offer this so we could help promote good social distancing. This, along with masks, helps us support an amazing organization, the community and local restaurants, he added.

“When Bell’s presented us this opportunity it became apparent that we both love having fun and impacting lives in our community. We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with the brewery, “said Tom “Mel” Stanton, Executive Director for Mel’s Charities.

Mel’s Charities has been supporting non-profit organizations in Ozaukee County since 1999 and has raised more than $1,300,000 in grants to date.

Those who purchase a ticket to this virtual cook-off will receive a goodie bag filled with Bell’s merchandise including a custom 12 oz. soup bowl with spoon, coupons for free chili samples and more. For every redeemed coupon, chili fans (those 21 and older) will also be entered into a special raffle for a chance to win even more Bell’s merchandise and beer. The grand prize will feature a Bell’s Retro Cooler with a Bell’s winter hat and scarf. Every participant is encouraged to vote for their favorite recipe online at

Tickets for the Chili Trail are $20 and can be purchased online at

Participating locations include (please visit the event website for the most up to date listing):

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Mel's Charities provides support for non-profit organizations in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.