Winners of the Mineola Kiwanis 9th annual Chili Cook-off included the Mineola High School Key Club with the Judge’s Award, the Mineola Methodist Youth with the People’s Choice award and Mineola School District with Best Decorated Booth.
According to Chili Cook-off Chairman Kellam Newell, “This year’s fundraiser was one of the most successful!” Runners-up included Wood County National Bank and All State Insurance. Eleven businesses or organizations participated.
An auction of desserts, as well as a silent auction were added this year to raise funds for the Kiwanis International worldwide project called Eliminate, which saves the lives of mothers and babies from death by tetanus. The two additions, plus the sale of desserts by the slice, raised $650, which will save 361 lives. Only 15 countries are left to receive elimination status.
An autographed bass drum head from the UIL State 3A first place winning “Sound of the Swarm” band was awarded in a raffle drawing to Kiwanis President Mary Lookadoo. Band Director Steve Brannan and several band students were on hand for the drawing. The Kiwanis Club is working to reuse the drum head as a fundraiser for the band to help buy state rings for the band members.
Kiwanis member and KMOO News Director Colton Sneed served as master of ceremonies for the event. The Country Classics, a band made up of local musicians, entertained. The Kiwanis Club works locally with children and teens.