Neighborly effort wins 1st place in chili contest

October 16, 2009 by

Booths serving Chili for Charity line Sixth Street early Thursday evening.

Booths serving "Chili for Charity" line Sixth Street early Thursday evening.


Sister Ramona Medina, right, chats with children lining up for a sample of the Neighbor to Neighbor Chili.

Sister Ramona Medina, right, chats with children lining up for a sample of the Neighbor to Neighbor Chili.

The sisters behind the new Neighbor to Neighbor center — Pat McLennon, Ramona Medina and Jean Befort — captured first place Thursday evening at the “Chili for Charity” event in downtown Concordia.


Eight teams competed for top honors and cash prizes, which divvied up the proceeds from the open-air competition on Sixth Street.


The sisters’ chili was worth $203.45 for the new center that will be at 103 E. Sixth St. Second place went to Cloud County Community College, to benefit the Community Resource Center, while third went to chili cooks Dallas and Nancy Nading, to benefit the First United Methodist Puppeteers.


For $5, public “judges” had a chance to sample all eight chili varieties and vote on their favorite. Various charities also handed out information about their organizations.

Among the diners (and judges) Thursday evening was Colleta Songol, a Kenyan student at Cloud County Community College.

Among the diners (and judges) Thursday evening was Colleta Songol, a Kenyan student at Cloud County Community College.

The Neighbor to Neighbor center, when it opens late this year or early in 2010, will be a resource and educational center and meeting place for women and women with young children.


As the renovation work continues on the new center downtown, Neighbor to Neighbor has started a limited program at the Motherhouse.

Sisters Jean, Pat and Ramona are offering the “interim program” for two hours on Monday and Wednesday mornings. They invite Concordia women to stop by and talk about what offerings would be valuable to them. Or, you can call the sisters for information, 785-243-9689.

From left, Sisters Ramona Medina, Pat McLennon and Jean Befort welcome some of the first customers of the afternoon Thursday.

From left, Sisters Ramona Medina, Pat McLennon and Jean Befort welcome some of the first customers of the afternoon Thursday.


Throughout the competition, there was neighborly banter between the sisters — including Ramona Medina, left, and Nancy and Dallas Nading who had the next booth over.

Throughout the competition, there was neighborly banter between the sisters — including Ramona Medina, left, and Nancy and Dallas Nading who had the next booth over.


Sisters from throughout Concordia — including Sister Judy Stephens, left, and Sister Francis Margaret Otter, right — turned out for the event, and the chance to taste eight varieties of chili.

Sisters from throughout Concordia — including Sister Judy Stephens, left, and Sister Francis Margaret Otter, right — turned out for the event, and the chance to taste eight varieties of chili.


The winning recipe, which garnered $203 in prize money for the new Neighbor to Neighbor center.

The winning recipe, which garnered $203 in prize money for the new Neighbor to Neighbor center.

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3 Responses to “Neighborly effort wins 1st place in chili contest”

  1. Jean on October 18th, 2009 12:28 pm

    What a “fun” evening this turned out to be. Weather cooperated beyond words!!! The people who came by such a delight! Thank you who were able to particpate, we so appreciate you!
    Jean

  2. Loretta Jasper, csj on October 16th, 2009 4:17 pm

    Sorry, I missed it. The chili feat was probably one of THE reasons the outdoor temperature got warmer.

  3. Anne M. Reinert on October 16th, 2009 12:23 pm

    This chili has good ingredients, we may need to check it out on another occasion. Congraulations.

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