The Platte River Mall will host the 18th annual First National Bank Chili (& soup) Cook-off on Friday, Oct. 19 to benefit the United Way.Originally 18 years ago, the chili cook-off was held in the lobby of First National Bank, with approximately four employee booths to raise money and awareness for the United Way. The cause is still the same, but the cook-off has grown to 18 different booths hosted by local businesses and organizations, and this year soups will be added.
First National Bank is accepting registrations from businesses and organizations who would like to participate. If interested, stop by First National Bank downtown to reserve booth space, or contact Kirsten Parker at (308) 535-6372 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booth space is free but is limited to the first 20 registered.
The chili cook-off will be open to the community from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. Admission is $6 and will include a bowl, spoon, bottled water and voting tickets. Patrons are encouraged to sample the offerings and vote for their favorite “Best Chili,” “Best Soup,” “Best Booth” and “People’s Choice.”
Additional ballots will be available for $2 each or 3 for $5. Stuffing the ballots is highly encouraged, because all proceeds will benefit the Mid-Plains United Way and their agencies.
The agencies: American Red Cross, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska utilities, Head Start 3 yrs, High Expectations, Lutheran Family Services, North Platte Community Day Care, North Platte Opportunity Center, North Platte Senior Center, Rape/Domestic Abuse Program, Salvation Army and The Connection are the agencies who will benefit from this year’s United Way campaign.
The campaign is led by the chairs of the United Way Board of Directors.