— Ask organizers of the 26th annual Hospice Chili Challenge and Silent Auction about last weekend’s fundraiser event for Hospice of Limestone County and most will reply that the fundraiser was — well — fun.
Chili Challenge winners were:
• Best Individual Award — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, and his staff;
• Best Group Award — Athens Police Department (second consecutive year);
• Best Booth Design — Jason Black for District 3 Commissioner;
• People’s Choice Award —Consumer First Mortgage.
Chili challengers included: The Elmore Team, Skills USA, Hickory Barn BBQ, Dental Associates of Athens, Reliance Bank, Eric Smith for Sheriff, First National Bank, Fashion Fun & Friends, A Touch of Class Salon & Day Spa, Federal Mogul, ALFA-Randy Jones, Relay for Life of Limestone County, Mark Yarbrough for Commission Chairman, Home Mortgage of America, Jason Black for District 3 commissioner, LuVici’s, Athens Police Department, The Davis Group PC, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Limestone County DA Brian Jones, Athens-Limestone Public Library, Siebert for Senate, Limestone County Young Farmers’ Committee, McAbee Medical Supply, Robin Craig, Daryl Sammet-All Tree, Athens Dixie Stitchers, Athens Rehabilitation & Senior Care, Singles of North Alabama, Mo Brooks, Limestone County Young Republicans, Consumer First Mortgage and Eric Redd for Limestone County Sheriff.
“I think it was an absolute success,” Chili Challenge Chairwoman Amanda Speegle said. “It was a great turnout.”
Hospice of Limestone County Executive Director Pat King said she was “pleasantly pleased.”
“I thought we had a great crowd,” she said. “Everything went off without a hitch.”
Though final numbers are not in, the event — which raises funds to support families dealing with the death of a loved one and Camp Hope — typically raises around $50,000 annually and is the organization’s largest fundraiser.
“Thank you,” King said. “Thank you for coming out and for your ongoing support of Hospice of Limestone County. I think everybody had a good time, and that is the most important part of it all.”