The Boonville Kiwanis club will hold their annual Chili Day on Wednesday, January 31 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church basement.
The first dinner shift will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The second shift will begin at 4:30 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. Homemade pies will be served as dessert. In addition to serving chili, a silent auction will be held with proceeds benefitting the children of Boonville.
“Chili Day is our big fundraiser. All the food is homemade and there are many silent auction items provided by local businesses to help raise money,” said Kiwanis member Laura Wax.
Among the silent auction donations are a 5-7 night stay at any Marriott Hotel in the world, a small football signed by Kansas City Chiefs player Marcus Peters, vouchers for Kansas City Royals tickets and St. Louis Cardinals tickets, Mizzou Women’s Basketball tickets, an oil change and car detailing package from Columbia Honda, and many, many additional items.  
According to Chili Day coordinator Sam Giroux, the club expects to raise approximately $7,000 this year. Funds are raised from local individuals and businesses that donate silent auction items and individuals buying tickets. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 4-12.  They are available for purchase in advance from any Boonville Kiwanis Club member and at the door during lunch or dinner.
Last year the club served close to 500 meals between lunch and dinner. Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The Club is involved in multiple projects that are designed to enrich the community, the district and the world.  
Projects the club donates to and helps include Girls and Boys State, two scholarships to Boonville High School graduates, sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 67, YMCA, reading to students at Headstart, sponsor an annual Easter egg hunt, sponsor Boonville High School’s Key Club, and in recent years provided school supplies to children kindergarten through fifth grade with the Back to School Bash. The club donates to more organizations as well.