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Elks, Kentucky Harvest Southeast partner for Chili Cook-Off for the hungry in Whitley Co.


As hungry chili connoisseurs sampled the hot stuff on a cold Super Bowl Sunday, the Elk’s Club took advantage of the opportunity to raise food and funds for Kentucky Harvest Southeast.
As a way to contribute to the growing need for food in Whitley County, Elk’s Club member and board member for Kentucky Harvest, Gina Sears, put together a chili cook-off that raised close to $1,000 in funds to buy food for needy families.
Whitley County’s Empty Bowls Project held last fall left Kentucky Harvest Southeast with a surplus of hand-painted bowls. Sears saw Super Bowl Sunday and an Elk’s Club partnership with Kentucky Harvest Southeast as the perfect opportunity to sell the extra bowls while continuing to bring awareness to the local growing hunger problem.
The public was invited to bring a pot of chili and enter the cook-off for the chance to win “Best Chili” bragging rights. Participants brought in 16 pots of chili and many others brought desserts to be auctioned. The crowd sampled the hot stuff while watching the San Francisco ‘49ers and Baltimore Ravens battle on the turf for a Super Bowl win.
Elk’s members and local patrons purchased 42 bowls from the Empty Bowls Project and raised over $1,000 to battle hunger in Whitley County.
First place winner for the Chili Cook-off was Bobby Lawrence; second place winner was Brenda Moye and third place winner was Christine Dean Centers, all of Corbin.