St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary to sponsor “Great Grilling Togeth(ER)” event

September 6, 2019
Inaugural event to feature 30+ grilling teams on Saturday, October 5

CENTRALIA, IL (September 5, 2019) – Is there anything better on a cool Fall afternoon than something hot off the grill? The Fall season is just around the corner and the SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting their inaugural “Great Grilling Togeth(ER) for St. Mary’s Hospital” event featuring 30+ grill teams that will face off in a fun-filled evening when smoke is king on Saturday, October 5, from 4pm – 7pm at Fairview Park (Centralia).

The event is being sponsored by Shores Builders, Inc., Country Bobs, and Kaskaskia College.

Rhonda Edmonson, Director of Volunteers, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Centralia, explains how the event works. “Teams of two will be grilling, smoking and barbequing their favorite dish in the categories of appetizers, entrée, side dish and desserts. Teams will compete against each other for the most tips in their category to win a special trophy in that category. There will also be awards for best decorated grilling station and a People’s Choice Award for the grill team that collects the most overall tips,” said Edmonson. “There will also be a Professional category for anyone brave enough to go up against a ‘professional grill team’. We will be selling raffle tickets, t-shirts, and recipe books that contain each of the grill chef’s recipes.”

Ticket holders can attend the event and walk around the venue sampling and tasting all the different grill options. “It’s more food than you can possibly eat,” said Maryann Langenfeld, event committee planning member. “We attended a similar event earlier this year and I thought I would try and taste everything available. There were so many options I couldn’t possibly make it to everything.”

The “Great Grilling” event will also have live music by The Presswoods, a cash beer and wine tent sponsored by The Insurance Alliance and Party Liquors, a Hog Raffle Give-A-Way sponsored by Trinity Tower & Coal Cleaning, a Corn Hole competition, raffle items and much more. The event is open to adults 21 years old and up.

Ticket price is $20 per person.

Dee Howe, President, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, explains how the event came to be. “Our Auxiliary volunteers were the very first group to step forward and make a pledge towards the remodel of the hospital’s Emergency Department and the corresponding Togeth(ER) campaign. We made a $250,000 pledge to the hospital that we could raise and contribute to this much needed project on behalf of our community. We’ve already paid $150,000 of that pledge and just have $100,000 to go. We thought this would be a great fundraiser to bring people Togeth(ER) for a fun, common cause that will benefit us all,” said Howe. “We think this is going to grow into a signature event for Centralia. We hope that businesses and people of the community will support us.”

Sponsorships for the event are still available along with the option to enter a grill team. For more information or for tickets to the event, please contact Rhonda Edmonson at or call 436-6525.

Ticket availability is limited.