Concordia’s ‘Chili for Charity:’ Ready, set, sample!

October 4, 2012 by

People from throughout Concordia — including Sister Gerry Kokenge, left, and Sister Rita Ann Mazanec — filled the Fire Department hall Thursday evening to take part in the annual Chili for Charity fundraiser.

Thursday evening’s “Chili for Charity” fundraiser was moved indoors because of a brisk wind that made mid-60s temperature feel much cooler. But the autumn weather didn’t cool off the 10 varieties of the namesake soup or the friendly rivalry that has developed among the competitors.

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The recipe served by Neighbor to Neighbor captured the title of Favorite Chili, with the version served by Helping Hands coming in second and Big Brothers, Big Sisters capturing third.

This year each “taster” paid $5 and received five tickets and a ballot. After the person sampled all the chilis, he or she used the ballot to vote for the best chili. He or she then could donate the tickets to any of the nonprofit organizations represented, and the organizations will get $1 for every ticket they receive.

Helping Hands received the most tickets and garnered $117 from the event, while $105 went to Big Brothers, Big Sisters and $102 to Neighbor to Neighbor.

This was the second year in a row that cool evening temperatures forced organizers to move what was planned as an outdoor supper on Sixth Street to the Concordia Fire Department garage a block south. And those who wanted to taste all the varieties — along with the cookies, mints, biscuits and other treats that went with the chili — didn’t seem to have any trouble finding the new location.

The organizations taking part, with the “chili chefs” in parentheses, were:

  • Bentley’s Buddies (four different offerings, from Randy Hamilton and Pam Mitchell; Tom, Jared and Dawn Thoman; Christine Thoman; and Tara Koch)
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters (Cloud County Sheriff Brian Marks)
  • Cloud Imp4ct (Cloud County Community College Resident Assistants)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Dallas and Nancy Nading)
  • Helping Hands at Manna House of Prayer (Sister Betty Suther)
  • Kansas Junior Rodeo (Treat America and Kim Downen)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor (Sisters Jean Befort, Pat McLennon and Ramona Medina)



2 Responses to “Concordia’s ‘Chili for Charity:’ Ready, set, sample!”

  1. Anne M. Reinert on October 10th, 2012 8:12 pm

    The samples, while very much enjoyed, soon overtook the taste buds, and it was hard for me to pick best, the hot icecream was different!, and at the end of the evening the small samples became the equivalent of 2 soup bowls followed by a near stomach ache at a later hour from over fill. It was benign in that the sample appeared so small. I must remember when next year comes.

  2. Loretta A. Jasper, csj on October 5th, 2012 8:22 pm

    Chilly evenings are best for chili, at best. So sorry I missed it.

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