Chili supper to benefit scholarship fund

This year’s Frank Burbrink Chili Supper will be from 5 to 8 p.m. March 4 at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds.

Burbrink was a farm boy who had joined 4-H and FFA as soon as he was allowed, following his two brothers and his sister into the organizations.

Burbrink had many interests and was good at finding mentors to help him with projects and in turn was a helpful kid in many situations, his family and friends said. He could always be counted to help out at home, church, fair and school.

When Burbrink died at age 17 on May 28, 2007, in a car accident, he left behind a bank account that he used when he bought and sold pigs.

Eventually, Burbrink’s parents closed the account and divided the money, giving it to organizations that were important to their son including the 4-H Junior Leaders, Columbus FFA, Columbus East’s library and Love Chapel.

The FFA chose to use the money for a scholarship in Burbrink’s name. To make the money and memory last longer than one year, the chapter added a chili dinner that grows every year in order to raise money for the scholarship and support FFA activities. This year’s event includes a silent auction and raffle in addition to the chili.

All proceeds from this year’s chili supper will benefit the scholarship fund.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.