The third annual chili cook-off lunch raised more than $500 for Valor Quilters of Nevada for supplies to make Quilts of Valor. The local chapter of Quilts of Valor has presented thousands of quilts to those who have served our country, including Flights of Honor veterans and veterans who have successfully completed veterans’ court in District Court, Justice Court and the Las Vegas Municipal Court here in our community. Volunteers make and bestow the quilts to bring the veterans comfort and to let them know that their service to our nation is truly appreciated.

District Court Judge Nancy Allf with her Legal Lip Remover chili and Leo Magrdichian with his World’s Best Chili tied for first place to be crowned the chili champs this year. Jaclyn Winter took third place honors. Jarenie Trachier with Valor Quilters of Nevada presented the honors to the winners. Thanks to all those who made chili and deserts, and to all who supported the event.

At the November specialty court graduation ceremony, District Court Chief Judge Linda Marie Bell, who presides over the veterans court, presented six veterans' court grads beautiful Quilts of Valor made and provided by the Valor Quilters of Nevada.

The Quilt of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003, by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts from her sewing room. Blue Star moms are those who have a son or daughter in active service. Her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq served as the initial inspiration for the foundation. That has since presented thousands of quilts nationwide to those who have served our country.

Veterans’ courts are hybrid drug and mental health courts that use the drug court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts and agencies.

The local chapter of Quilt of Valor meets the second Friday of the month at 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 105. Volunteers are always welcome; no quilting experience is necessary. For more information call 702-357-0377.