Posted on February 28, 2017 / Giving Back
RockPile Energy Services and the community of Dickinson, North Dakota gathered together on January 14th, 2017 for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser. This year we were able to raise over $70,000 to be split evenly between the local, volunteer fire departments. Including Dickinson Rural, Taylor, Gladstone and South Heart Fire Department.
Competition was heated this year as we had twenty-one booths fighting for that 1st place championship award. Coming out on top, the winner for this year’s best chili was awarded to Wyoming Casing. Following close behind in second place was Legend Energy Services and Coaches Choice in third place. Best decorated booth was awarded to The Ladies Gladstone Auxiliary, sponsored by Coke. Along with the People’s Choice Award awarded to Freemyer Industrial Pressure.
RockPile Energy Services would like to thank all of the following sponsors for their generous donations. We would also like to recognize all of the companies who donated silent and live auction items. Including Len Freemyer with Freemyer Industrial Pressure who bought and donated the Peyton Manning and John Elway football TWICE!
Thank you again to everyone who attended the event. You make this fundraiser a big success every year! We look forward to seeing you on January 20th for the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off.
Standing by our motto “PEOPLE with PASSION for PERFECTION,” RockPile Energy Services is dedicated to giving back to the people in our community.
Join RockPile Energy Services On Saturday, January 14th for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Astoria Hotel, featuring local band Outlaw Sippin’ and MC Wild Bill.
This year with your help, we are looking to exceed our goal amount of $75,000 to benefit local fire departments including Dickinson Rural Fire Department, Taylor Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department and South Heart Fire Department.
Are you interested in getting involved? If so, please consider becoming a sponsor for the event or hosting a booth, and compete with the some of the finest chili in town! We also welcome any contributions for the silent auction and good old fashion donations.
There are three separate levels of sponsorship available: Diamond ($5,000), Gold ($2,500) and Silver ($1,000). Benefits of each sponsorship can be found in the Sponsorship PDF attachment below.
Do you think you have the best chili around? Well, don’t wait any longer! Sign up now below and reserve your booth for $200 to compete in this year’s event.
If you are looking to attend and enjoy the fun, tickets can be purchased for $20 below. Thank you for being such an important part of this event and looking forward to seeing you there!
RockPile Energy Services is committed to bettering the communities we work in. On January 9, 2016 we will be hosting the 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off, to benefit local fire departments.
Last year we raised approximately $100,000 which was distributed amongst the Dickinson Rural Fire Department, South Heart, Gladstone and Taylor Fire Departments.
This year we will be supporting the same four fire departments, Dickinson Rural Fire Department, South Heart Fire Department, Taylor Fire Department, and Gladstone Fire Department. Our goal is again set at $100,000. We need your help to reach it, and hopefully exceed it!
There are a couple of ways to get involved; sponsorship, hosting a booth, silent auction contributions, and good old fashioned donations. We have 5 levels of sponsorship available, Other Amount ($$), Bronze, ($500), Silver ($1,000), Gold ($2,500), and Diamond ($5,000) (benefits of the different levels can be found on the “Sponsor PDF” below). If you think your chili recipe is the best and want to compete, we have booth space available for $200. Sign up now below.
Or if you want to come and enjoy the fun, tickets are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online below, or at any of the participating fire departments. At the door they will be $25.00.
RockPile Climbers Supporters,
We had a great time and this year with we had no rain, no wind and cool temperatures! There were nine riders this year including Howard Rough, Tyler Pittenger, Stephen White, Paul George, Bill Morris, Boyd Manning, Chris Biasco, Brett Carlton, Stuart Serger and Laura Janseen, who gets honorable mention for breaking her arm while training for the ride. The Rider of the Year has to be Bill Morris whom dredged up a bike and spandex! It takes a lot to get back in the saddle after years of not riding, but he did it. “Hats off to Bill!”
The “RockPile Climbers” completed the ride and raised a team total of $9,910.00 with a goal of $10,000.00, we are so close. I want to thank all those who supported our ride and donated to help finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. If you haven’t donated and would like to, there’s still time! Click the link below to help:
We hope the funds that we raised will help in some way to find a cure for MS. Please continue to support the MS Society along with other important organization trying to help others! We are looking forward to having you join our team next year.
“We Ride for those Who Cannot”
Your friend, Howard
RockPile Energy Services is a proud supporter of veterans and Operation Freedom, a program of Freedom Service Dogs that helps veterans and military personnel with disabilities regain independence with canine assistance. RockPile is sponsoring a team at the annual Faces of Freedom Sporting Clays Tournament to raise money for this valuable organization.
Freedom Service Dogs rescues dogs from shelters and then custom trains the dogs to assist with everyday activities and to be companions to their owners. The dogs get a new home and people living with physical challenges have assistance from a constant companion. Truly a win-win solution.
Again this year, RockPile will sponsor a team at the Faces of Freedom Sporting Clays Tournament. This annual event is held at the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club in Bennett, Colorado. The event is being held on August 28, 2015.
Every dollar raised goes toward training a dog for a deserving veteran. The waiting list for a Freedom Service Dog is typically more than 50 people. To get more information on participating, sponsoring your own team or making a donation to this valuable service click here.
The ride offers a number of options for different levels of cyclist. And for those that can’t make the ride this year, we encourage coming out and cheering on the riders. Its fun but still challenging, so we will take all the encouragement we can get!
The race begins at Front Range Community College in Westminster on June 27. The race is designed to accommodate different levels of ability with several route options ranging from 66 to 124 miles for Saturday and even a 30 mile route around Ft. Collins for new riders. Each route ends in Fort Collins with an overnight at CSU. Sunday offers a 68 or 75 mile route, finishing at Front Range Community College.
The cause of MS is still unknown and the ride raises money for multiple sclerosis research and other services supported by the National MS Society. More than 79 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programs, services and research to improve the lives of people living with MS. There is at least one ride in each state now with more than 110,000 riders participating.
Learn more about the ride, register or donate.
$100,000 Raised For Four Fire Departments
The 3rd Annual RockPile Chili Cook Off hosted 750 guests, 22 great chili recipes competed for the blue ribbon and some kickin’ music. The result was a whole lot of fun and the chance to give back to our local fire departments in a big way.
But we couldn’t have done it with out the sponsors, contributors and volunteers. Here is a complete list of our generous sponsors and contributors.
This past Sunday, February 22, was Veteran’s Appreciation night at the Pepsi Center. RockPile hosted the Freedom Service Dogs of America, several veterans and Colorado’s Lt. Governor, Joseph Garcia at this event.
Freedom Service Dogs of America is unique in that they rescue dogs from shelters and train them to assist people with specific needs. FSD has several programs for pairing trained dogs with people in need including Operation Freedom. Operation Freedom in partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration helps military personnel transition back to civilian life with expertly trained service dogs.
RockPile participated in a sporting clays tournament this past August supporting Operation Freedom.
The dogs are trained to help with everyday tasks like opening doors and retrieving items, turning on lights and much more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are over 1.6 million veterans, 21% of which suffer with a service-connected disability. FSD is filling a vital need.
It is an honor to support this organization and our veterans and we look forward to participating in future events.
The 3rd Annual RockPile Chili Cook Off set new records for attendance, competitor’s booths and proceeds from the auction. This year RockPile sought to raise $100K for four local volunteer fire departments.
Over 750 attendees enjoyed the sounds of local Dickinson band, Outlaw Sippin’ and there were 22 competitors testing their secret chili recipes against each other for the coveted award of Overall Winner or People’s Choice Winner.
This year the Overall Winner was awarded to Sit N Bull Bar and the People’s Choice award went to the Taylor Fire Department. Winner for the Best Decorated Booth was AWF Welding.
Brittney Heim, Miss Dickinson Outstanding Teen and Hannah Frazier, Miss Roughrider Days were in attendance to lend a hand and represent Dickinson. The crowd was also entertained by a performance from The Dance Academy.
Two lucky participants in the poker competition drew the right cards and walked away packing new heat–one with a rifle and another a pistol. In addition to the “buy-in” poker game, proceeds for the event were raised through a number of efforts including corporate sponsorships, a silent and live auction and donations to the “fireman’s” boot.
Some of the popular auction items this year were a Two-day Pheasant Hunt Trip donated by Martin Construction, a North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame gift basket, iPads and tablets, custom artwork, and a Henry 22 Magnum. With these and many other sought after items available, the silent auction was extremely successful and has already generated $12,000 toward our goal. We are still counting all of the proceeds from the night and it looks like we are on track to meet our goal.
The success of this event is due in large part to the generosity of local Dickinson businesses, RockPile vendors and clients, and many hours of preparation by volunteers. The fire departments make significant investments in their facilities and equipment with the contributions from the Chili Cook Off each year and we are honored to serve them.
The RockPile 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off is right around the corner and our goal of $100,000 is well within reach with your help.
Are you a business local to Dickinson or Fargo? We can use your help!
We are raising $100,000 to support the local fire departments that put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day. The chili cook off is a fun way to get our families together and raise money for the cause.
We raise money in several different ways but the live auction, raffle and silent auction are a big part the overall donations. We are looking for businesses or individuals that would like to contribute items for this worthy cause.
Last year’s silent auction saw everything from gift baskets to rifles, haircuts to fishing gear and even a 50” television. Everyone enjoyed “shopping” the auction items and there really was something for everyone. If you have a donation for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off contact Suzanne Schimpeler at sschimpeler@RockPileEnergy.com or 720-956-6634.
The 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off supports local fire departments- Dickinson Rural Fire Dept., South Heart Fire Dept., Taylor Fire Dept., and Gladstone Fire Dept. It will be held on January 24, 6:00 at the Astoria Hotel & Event Center in Dickinson.
Don’t miss this fun night for the whole family with great food, music, dancing and great prizes in the silent and live auction.