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United Way Holds Ninth Annual Chili Cook Off In Morgantown

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The Ninth Annual Chili Cook-Off brings the best chili recipes from around the area together.

All of the proceeds go towards the United Way Youth Volunteer Connection.

"We hold events like this to try to show the community that we really care about the youth in the area," said Kevin Hanks, the Youth Volunteer Coordinator at the United Way. "Trying to get money for projects, like I've been saying, and just show the presence of the United Way."

The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties hold this event every year.

John Field is participating for the fifth time. He said he has a special twist to his chili recipe.

"Venison, as the sign says, is a lean alternative to beef," said Field. "It's low cholesterol, very healthy, fat free, very nutritional, and Mmm Mmm Deer-licious." 

Guests paid $5 at the door to sample ten chili recipes from around the area.

The proceeds help fund United Way programs like Youth Day of Caring in October.

Hanks said they raised more than $1,000 and had around 150 people come through.

He also wanted to let people know that you're never too young to volunteer.

"Just because you're in middle school or high school doesn't mean you can't volunteer," said Hanks. "We just encourage everyone to get out there and volunteer to make a difference. It looks good on college applications and resumes and all that fun stuff."

The event is usually held at a different location but this year they wanted to hold it downtown where they can get more college student traffic.

The venue was the United Wesley United Methodist Church on North High Street.

Field said the day is about bringing together the youth community.

"Glad to be here to help the United Way Youth Connection in Monongalia and Preston Counties, that's what it's all about. They have these youth that are full of energy and strength," Field said. "They just need some guidance and direction to get them to where they're needed."

If you want to learn more about the Youth Volunteer Connection visit the website.