Memorial Chili Cookoff

The smell of chili was in the air in downtown Amarillo.

The Khiva Shriners hosted thier annual chili cookoff, but it wasn't just to raise money.

It was to remember two young men who were taken too soon.

The street outside of the Khiva Shrine Center was blocked off, there was live entertainment, food, drinks, a raffle and a silent auction.

The reason, to remember two young men and raise money for a good cause.

Susan Campbell says, "they raise the money in honor of our sons, in memory of our sons to help other children get the care that they need."

Jimmy and Danny Campbell were 23 and 21.

Danny wanted to become a Shriner, and both showed strong support for the Khiva Shriners.

The Shriners tell us they wanted to find a way to honor them.

Shriner Rodney Lilly says, "here about two years ago some people in the temple lost both of their kids 17 days apart.  We have this cookoff every year to raise money for the travel funds, with us being Shriners, sends the families  and children to the hospitals in Houston and Galveston."

Susan tells us her family has been involved in chili cookoffs since her boys were babies, and to see the community come together to show support and also help others means the world to her.

Susan says, "it's very humbling, very humbling.  The entire place and the people here demonstrating the love and care they have for our sons and for us, it's very humbling."

Lilly says, "we're just Shriners, we do this for kids.  That's the main reason we've done it for their kids because they lost them way too early in life."

Last year the cookoff raised $6,200.

This year Lilly tells us they want to blow that number out of the water.

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