Event organizers estimate that approximately 400 people turned out on Friday to enjoy chili and delicious baked goods at Habitat for Humanity’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale at the DeKalb County Complex.
"Wonderland Chili" from the DeKalb County Board of Education won the "Best Chili" award, and "The Courthouse Gang" from the DeKalb County Officials took second place. The DeKalb County Officials won first place honors in the decorating contest with their M*A*S*H themed booth, and the DeKalb County Board of Education came in second place with their Wonderland theme.
According to Development Committee Member Tecia Puckett Pryor, the event raised over $4,500, which will be used toward the building of the next Habitat house in early 2016. "We had a great turnout for the Chili Cook-off in spite of the rain, and raised more money than any previous cook-off," said Pryor. "We had three new chili teams this year, and everyone enjoyed coming out and visiting with their friends and neighbors, while sampling all the delicious chili. We truly appreciate all the chili teams for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to this event year after year. We also thank everyone who brought the delicious baked goods, including the Tiger Pride Kitchen from DCHS."
Nine teams participated in the event, including "Wonderland Chili" from the DeKalb County Board of Education; "Hot Checks Chili" from Wilson Bank and Trust; "The Courthouse Gang" from the DeKalb County Officials; "Around the Block" from H&R Block; "Natural Gas Gang" from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas; "The Bean Counters" from Janney & Associates; "No Liability Chili" from the DeKalb County Bar Association; "Laughing Gas Chili" from DeKalb Dental Center/Mitchell Tatum, DDS; and "Red Hot Chili Bankers" from Regions Bank.
Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses in partnership with volunteers and families in need, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. To contact Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, please call 215-8181.