Slama legacy lives on with $3,000 check presentation and chili cook-off

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Slama legacy lives on with $3,000 check presentation and chili cook-off

JOPLIN, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2018) ­–Jeff Slama’s legacy continues to live on nearly five years after his death with an annual chili dinner and scholarship donation to Joplin Area Catholic Schools. The Jeff Slama Memorial Fund presents a $3,000 check from the 2017-2018 chili dinner to JACS on Friday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. at McAuley Catholic High School.

“Jeff was an asset to the Joplin community,” said Director of Schools Georgiana L. McGriff. “His presence in the community and in the Catholic system is still missed. We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to honor him and his legacy with the annual chili dinner and cook-off.”

Open to all individuals  in the greater Joplin community, the 2018-2019 chili dinner and cook-off is Saturday, Sept. 29 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at McAuley Catholic High School, 930 S. Pearl Ave., in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Feast on chili and hot dogs and enjoy bluegrass music for $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under or $3 for a competition chili sampler kit that includes a sample from 20 different chili dinners. Enter your homemade chili ($25) for the opportunity to win a cash prize.

All proceeds from the dinner and cook-off help fund scholarships for Joplin Area Catholic School students who may otherwise not receive a Catholic education.

In October 2013, former Joplin resident Jeff Slama was fatally wounded in a home invasion. Jeff was very active in volunteer work following the Joplin tornado in May 2011. He was also a strong believer and supporter of Catholic School education in the Joplin area.

About Joplin Area Catholic Schools

Founded in 1885 by Sister Catherine McAuley’s Sisters of Mercy the Joplin Area Catholic Schools serves the greater Joplin community to educate Catholic and Non-Catholic children from Preschool through grade 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic School, St. Peter’s Catholic Middle School and McAuley Catholic High School. JACSS’ goal is to teach young people to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life. The system endeavors to graduate young adults who are effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world. Visit for more information about the schools.


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