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Heat is on at Chili Challenge

1/17/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The fifth annual Firefighters Chili Challenge helped raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital’s Burn Unit while bringing together some of the Akron area’s finest cooks for a friendly competition Jan. 11.

Among those who took part in the event at Lock 3 Park was Akron General Medical Center nurse Nancy Doolittle, who is shown at left as she gets ready to serve up a sample of the hospital’s chili, which earned the “Most Unique Chili” award.

Pictured at right middle is a sample being offered by Sharon Gillberg, of the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) as she tops it with shredded cheese. Rich Hoselton, DAP’s director of events, is shown at right top as he hands a sample to Stephanie York, of Akron. The DAP won Best Presentation.

Judging the event this year were, pictured at right bottom, from left, Larry Thomas, of the Akron Engineering Bureau; T.K. O’Grady, of WONE-FM; Scott Jennings, of WAKR-AM; Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny (D-Ward 10); and Mary Tricaso, of the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Judges’ Choice award went to the city of Akron Personnel Department, while the Akron Fire Department won Most Traditional and the Akron Police Department earned Spiciest Chili. Winning the People’s Choice award was the Akron Fire Department.

City officials said the event raised more than $1,400 for the Burn Unit.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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