Tri-State Chili Cook-Off Raises Money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

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The 34th Annual Tri-State Chili Cook-Off supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event took place Saturday, Jan. 12.

More than 3,000 people showed up to the annual Tri-State Chili Championship.

Jessie Clark, a representative from the foundation, explained why this event was special to her.

“Proceeds from today whatever they’ve met comes to make a wish and this is a wonderful gift that we look forward to every year,” Clark stated. “Make-A-Wish grants wishes for kids for critical conditions and that’s something a lot of folks don’t know is that we have more wishes than ever to grant.”

According to Clark the increase in wishes is not because more kids are getting sick, but because Make-A-Wish is finding more who need help.

Donations gathered at the cook-off are collected by people trying to make a difference. One of those people is Pam Gonzalez, the co-chair for the Tri-State Make-A-Wish Chili Cook-Off.

“We raise money so it all goes to the North Texas Make-A-Wish foundation that benefits children in our area to grant wishes,” Gonzalez explained.

Gonzalez said she has had the pleasure of meeting a few Make-A-Wish kids and hearing the wishes granted by the foundation.

“They grant wishes for many things,” Gonzalez stated. “From going to Disney World to re-doing a bedroom to meeting a race car driver.”

There were about 90 chili cooks that participated in the event. Gonzales stated that the Make-A-Wish could not be able to grant wishes without their help and participation.

“We’re blessed,” Gonzalez said.

Participants traveled from New Mexico, Dallas and Oklahoma to be part of this cook-off.

Among the judges were KAMR Local 4’s Kaley Green and Amberley Hildebrandt.

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