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Make-a-Wish, Waco benefit from cookoff

Nov. 16, 2010

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Colleyville senior Emily Underwood, Fort Worth junior Ali Kimberling and Katy sophomore Kim Howard help serve food at the annual Chi Omega Chili Cookoff. The event was moved indoors due to inclement weather.

By TJ Jones

The women of the Chi Omega sorority at Baylor donated the leftover food from their chili cookoff to the Salvation Army on Friday.

Chi Omega annually holds a chili cookoff for its philanthropy, Make-a-Wish Foundation. The sorority charges $25 to participate in the contest and all proceeds go to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Chi Omega recently granted a local wish for Make-a-Wish Foundation by sending a young boy with leukemia to Disney World.

Chi Omega did not only donate money, however. After the cook-off, there were several leftover containers of uneaten food.

Chi Omega coordinated with the Salvation Army before the event to donate any extra food, rather than letting the food go to waste. The food was used to feed the needy in the Waco community.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to give back to the Waco community and it was a great way to do that," Kelsey Riley, Chi Omega president, said. "It's a great opportunity for Chi Omega to invest in the community and build that two-way relationship."

The food was donated to the Community Feeding Center, a Salvation Army location in Waco that provides two meals a day for those in need.

Five total dinner trays of chili and side dishes made by the members of Chi Omega were donated to the center.

The food donated was used at both meals on Saturday and Sunday, said Stanley Good, a manager for the feeding center who oversaw the donation. Leftover food from the chili cookoff has been thrown out in the past.

"We're fortunate to have such great student leadership here at Baylor University," Smith Getterman, director of sustainability, said. "Chi Omega's foresight helped take good food that would normally be discarded after their event and put it on the plates of Waco citizens in need of a good meal," Getterman said.

Although the two events are separate, Chi Omega Chili Cookoff is usually held with the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity Bed Races event. The Bed Races are being rescheduled due to rain.