United Way chili cook-off set for Monday night

Published 12:30 am Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Pike County United Way Chili Cook-off that was canceled due to Hurricane Isaac has been rescheduled for Monday night at the activities building at Park Memorial United Methodist Church.

Tonya Gibson, Pike County United Way director, said the 17 local agencies that are under the umbrella of the Pike County United Way have been invited to compete along with other organizations and individuals.

“The Chili Cook-off is a fund-raiser for the local United Way,” Gibson said. “The funds that are raised will be used here to help our friends and neighbors.”

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The entry fee for the Chili Cook-off is $25 and each entry should be at least one gallon of homemade chili.

“The only thing that the contestants need to bring is their chili,” Gibson said. “We’ll supply everything else.”

The Pike County United Way Chili Cook-off will be from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Monday and the public is invited to “sample and vote.”

“You can sample the entries for one dollar and vote for your favorite,” Gibson said. “If you want to vote again for another chili or for the same chili again, just donate another dollar. The chili with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award and there also be another opportunity to win.”

The second type of judging will be by a panel of qualified judges that will judge the chili based on taste, appearance, aroma, consistency and spice.

Awards will be given to the People’s Choice winner as well as the top three winners in the Judge’s Choice.

The Chili Cook-off will also include a silent auction featuring gift cards, meals at local restaurants, motel stays and merchandise donated by local merchants.

Entertainment will be provided and local heroes, including Curtiss Shaver and tournament baseball and softball teams, will be recognized.

Gibson said everyone is encouraged to come out and “judge” the Pike County United Way’s Chili Cook-off and support the agencies supported by the United Way.

Monies donated are allocated to various human service organizations and programs that directly support Pike County residents. Only about one-third of the agencies also have support from a national organization, which means that the majority of these funded agencies are uniquely local or regional.

Agencies to which the Pike County United Way allocates funds are the Pike County 4-H Clubs, the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Colley Senior Complex, Salvation Army, Red Cross, East Central Mental Health, House of Ruth, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Troy Charity League, Humane Society of Pike County, Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Organized Community Action Program (OCAP), Easter Seals, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Sav-a-Life.

For more information about the cook-off call 334-670-1901.