Cancer Patient Services holds successful chili cook off event

Over $83,000 raised for local cancer patients

By Gary Zimmerman

Once again, Cancer Patient Services and The University of Findlay have reunited to help raise funds for local cancer patients with the 19th annual Chili Cook-Off. The event culminated once again on Saturday, Feb. 11th at the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Center, with a higher attendance than last year’s event.  

The overwhelming amount of attendance seems to be a hallmark of the fundraising campaign for Cancer Patient Services, and those here at the university cannot wait to see it increase in the years to come.

Overall, the 19th Annual Chili Cook Off raised over $83,000 worth of support for Cancer Patient Services and local cancer patients in the Hancock County area.

This year there was an immense turnout of people as over 1,300 attendees and 250 volunteers arrived to support the event and grab a bite to eat from more than a handful of teams.

At the Koehler complex attendees were able to participate in a taste testing of 20 different teams’ chili. Each team brought 25 pounds of their secret recipe of chili for the competition. Strikingly, the total amount of chili at the event was over 500 pounds. On top of this immense amount of work by cooks big and small, attendees were also able to participate in a variety of different pools of entertainment.

Different pools of fun were provided for those that did attend the event to enjoy. Sponsors of the event were present to supply refreshments and enjoyment. A Kids Zone was available for the face painting of spastic children, as well as Snapology, a fun zone for children to play with one another and enjoy stacking Legos in a number of ways.

On the other end of the age spectrum, live auctions were present for those wishing to bid on several prizes, and basket raffles were available, with assortment delicacies from sponsors such as Dietsch’s. On top of these avenues for different winnable prizes, the 19th annual Chili Cook Off also provided live entertainment with music to fill the air which could be viewed from a number of different angles within the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex.

Cancer patient services and The University of Findlay give a great deal of thanks to those that did attend and hope to see you all and more once again at the complex next year!

To find out more regarding the The Chili Cook Off, visit UFTV’s YouTube channel at

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