Chili Challenge

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30 Years and Still Cookin’ … Thank you for supporting the work of UCP of Northwest Missouri as we serve local children and adults with disabilities.

The 30th Annual UCP Chili Challenge on March 6th, 2016, Raised $160,000 to Support UCP’s Programs!
Every year the Chili Challenge brings spectators, supporters, team members and auction-goers to the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph, Mo. A single admission price lets visitors sample dozens of chilis, while enjoying live music from the Licious Brothers, browsing unique vendors, bidding on silent auction items, and chatting with old and new friends.

In 2016, 64 teams competed for the Chili titles and local businesses donated items for the silent and online auctions. $160,000 was generated to help provide support to UCP’s programs.

30th Annual UCP Chili Challenge Awards:

Missouri State Champion:
1st  Nestle Purina IV, Ed Fisher
2nd Affordable Seamless Guttering, James Fletcher
3rd Collins Country Club, Tim Collins

1st   Affordable Seamless Guttering, James Fletcher
2nd  Collins Country Club, Tim Collins
3rd   Susie’s Place, Emilie Kress/Randy Larabee
4th   Topdog Shooters, Joshua Oliver
5th   Don’s Window Cleaning, Rodney Dyche

1st   Nestle Purina IV, Ed Fisher
2nd  Knights of Columbus, Jim Edwards
3rd  Nestle Purina III, Kelley Schenk
4th  Apple Market North, Steve Postlewait & Mandy McMillian
5th  Apple Market South, TJ Decker & Debbie Kempf

Commercial Sponsor:
1st   Nestle Purina IV, Ed Fisher
2nd  Affordable Seamless Guttering, James Fletcher
3rd   Collins Country Club, Tim Collins
4th   Don’s Window Cleaning, Rodney Dyche
5th   Knights of Columbus, Jim Stephan

All Beef- Sponsored by American Angus
Knights of Columbus, Jim Edwards

Best Decorated Booth:
1st   Downey & Bennett Chili Connection, Stacy Downey
2nd  Anderson Auto Group, Bob Bledsoe
3rd  Apple Market South, Debbie Kempf

Heart of America People’s Choice Awards:
1st    Nestle Purina I, Tara Hushbeck & Nick Musser, $77,397.88
2nd  Anderson Auto Group, Bob Bledsoe, $11,003.00
3rd   The Boys are Back, Bill Swope, $8,158.93
4th    Long Branch Crop Tours LLC Osborn, MO, John Thompson, $7,394.00
5th    Sisters Three, Pat Rich, $6,881.20
6th    Team Gray, Amy Cline-Shelton, Sissy Wilson, $2,262.26
7th    Uncle D’s Sports Bar & Grill, Dewayne Leer, $1,507.00
8th    Johnson Controls, Rebecca Schuster, $1,275.00
9th    American Family Insurance, Scott Wineinger, $1,156.00
10th   Pepsi/Spontaneous Combustion, Bill Hendrix, $1,035.24
11th   Knights of Columbus, Jim Stephan, $976.05
12th   CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc., Heidi Walker, $809.50
13th   PJ & MJ, PJ Joyce, $500.00
14th   HyVee, Mike Basch, $303.45
15th   Heather Ball, Glenn McGlothlin, $249.08

The competition really heats up — not just for best chili in several categories, but for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Each year, teams recruit local donations before the Chili Challange to earn the title of People’s Choice. The 2016 People’s Choice award winner, St. Joseph’s Nestle-Purina, brought in more than $76,000 for UCP’s programs!  In an equally remarkable effort, Anderson Auto Group raised over $16,000 and The Boys Are Back chili team raised over $8,000, as well as Long Branch Crop Tours with over $7,000 donated to UCP.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Chili Challenge a tremendous success! On behalf of the families served by UCP, the board, staff and volunteers, we are so grateful.