Hudson -- A chili cook-off and bake-off will launch this year's Relay For Life fundraising efforts as Hudson continues its fight against cancer.
The Relay for Life of Hudson 2013 kickoff is Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hudson High School Commons, 2500 Hudson Aurora Road.
The community can compete in the chili cook-off and bake-off, sample the entries for a donation, and learn more about participating in the annual event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society to fight cancer.
The chili will be judged in different categories, including a vegetarian category, said Skylar Blackwell, public relations and online chair.
Bake goods can be anything baked and will be judged on taste, appearance and creativity.
The Hudson organization will have prizes in several categories for those who enter their favorite chili or baked goods.
"We plan to hand out a lot of prizes," Blackwell said.
The Hudson Relay For Life committee added a bake-off because of feedback from last year, Blackwell said. Contestants should contact Jennifer Stright at firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen Shortt at email@example.com with any questions or to register a chili or baked good entry.
"We need to know in advance if they're bringing chili to make sure there are enough outlets," Blackwell said.
For a $5 donation a person can taste the chili and bake goods and receive five ballots to vote for the best ones. The proceeds benefit the Relay For Life.
The Relay for Life of Hudson 2013 will begin at 6 p.m. June 14 at Hudson Memorial Stadium and continue through the night -- because "cancer never sleeps" -- to raise funds for the American Cancer Society to fight cancer.
"It's starting a little later for people who have to work," Blackwell said. "We're hoping this year the location at the new stadium will draw people to see what it's all about."
Last year Hudson's Relay for Life raised nearly $114,642.
This year's goal is $125,000, according to Blackwell.
Visitors to the chili cook-off and bake-off can join a team, create a team or sign up to volunteer at the event. The goal for each team member is to raise $100 and have fun.
"If you want to participate, come to find out more," Blackwell said. "You can volunteer and help out in any way. We can always use assistance before, during and after the event."
Although this year's event is still in the planning stage, Blackwell confirmed there would be fireworks the night of June 14 and "lots of entertainment" for the event.
All Relay For Life events celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancers with a survivor lap, remembers loved ones lost to cancer with a Luminaria Ceremony, and fights against the disease by raising funds.
Purchase a Luminaria for a loved one at the Jan. 22 kick off event, at the June 14 Relay for Life, or on the website for a $10 donation. For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org/hudson.