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“Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off Winners Collect $750 in Prizes!

Tampa | Chili Cook Off | Ierna's Heating and CoolingIerna’s Heating & Cooling hosted their first annual “Bring the Heat” Chili Cook Off for the surrounding Lutz area Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 11am-2pm. This family fun event featured live music by Ferengata, a bounce house, raffles and five chili competitions that were free to the public! The chili contest had 27 entries in the competition. The event had seven celebrity judges: Clerk and Comptroller of Pasco County Dr. Paula O’ Neil, Tampa Bay Lightning’s Dave Andreychuk, Kansas City Chief’s Anthony Becht, USF’s Professor of Human Sexuality Dr. Dae Sheridan, Candidate for Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, Bay News 9 anchor Rick Elmhorst, and Chef Ken Bolduc. Seventy-five dollar prizes were awarded for each category: Ladies Choice won by Inspector’s Best: Affordable Home Inspections, Judge’s Choice won by Team Gates: Learning Gate Community School, “Feel the Heat” (hottest) won by Team Working Women of Tampa Bay: Norie Berndt , and the “Academy Award” for the most innovative was won by Teapot Hotties: Milk N’ Honey Tea Room. The grand prize was $500.00 for the People’s Choice, won by Team Wrecked: Angela Wetherington!

The successful event had over 450 people in attendance! It was held at the new Ierna’s Heating & Cooling headquarters: 18843 US Hwy 41 North in Lutz near the old brick school house. “We are so pleased with the response from the community for our first event! Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time and we hope to make next year’s event even better,” said Charlene Ierna, Vice President of Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. True to form, Ierna’s continues to give back to the local area; proceeds from this event benefited a local family in need of a heating and cooling system for their home. While the amount raised didn’t fully cover a new system for a family, Ierna’s donated the balance of the system to stand by their promise. The family chosen will be announced on the Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Blog and Facebook page on March 15, 2012.

To learn more about Ierna’s Heating & Cooling’s community involvement go to:, call (813)948-6355, or visit the company’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn sites/pages.

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