Cookin' Up Community Support: United Way's Chili Cook-Off

By KBJR News 1

August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- We're still in the warmth of summer, but it's about to get chilly soon.

From new leaders to dedicated organizers and volunteers, the United Way of Greater Duluth's Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner.

This year's event will "Cook Up Community Support."

The deadline is near, so if you've got a great chili recipe, you'd better get moving.

"We let people drag their feet, until one week before the event, but then I've got to print my ballots,” Taire Suliin, Chili Cook-Off organizer said.

After battling an aggressive form of Ovarian Cancer, volunteer extroridinare, Tairie Suliin is back in the office-stirring up community support.

The annual chili cook-off kicks off the non-profits biggest fundraiser; a 90 day community giving campaign-to help people get out of poverty.

"We make sure the money stays where they want it to stay, which is right here, where we live, and it supports over 50 programs that help people get a hand up, not a hand out," Suliin said.

Expect traditional, spicy and sweet and be prepared for the unexpected.
From walleye, bison and elk to hawaiian, pizza and chocolate chili, bragging rights don't come easy.

"You get to sample, 35-40 different recipes,” Tracy Gilsvik of the United Way of Greater Duluth said.

New this year is the volunteer fair.
You'll have the chance to meet many of the United Way partner agencies.

"It's a chance to rub elbows, see where their money is going, and maybe they'll volunteer," Suliin said.

You can also meet the Greater Duluth United Way's new President, Matt Hunter.

"I'll be there milling around, and I'm looking forward to hearing the voices from the community,” Hunter said. “What they have to say about this community, and United Way's role in it."

This year's Chili Cook-off is at the DECC on Thursday September 11, from 4:30 to 6:30.

Learn more about the United Way of Greater Duluth’s Chili Cook-Off

Jennifer Walch
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