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4,000 People Set Chili Cook-Off Attendance Record; $250,000 Raised To Save Animals
11/25/2014 2:41:24 PM

A quarter of a million dollars was raised in one day to help Charleston Animal Society save thousands of animals throughout the year.  Four-thousand people participated in the organization’s 15th Annual Celebrity Chili Cook-off & Oyster Roast setting attendance and fundraising records for the event.
“Each year, Charleston Animal Society spends over $500,000 on the medical treatment of injured and ill homeless animals,” stated Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society.  “The Chili Cook-off is critical in raising money for Toby’s Fund so that we can save these helpless animals.”
Led by 125 teams that raised over $100,000, the Chili Cook-off raised another $100,000 through sponsors and raised the final $50,000 during the event.   
Competition among teams was both fierce and fun with the following winners:
The top award, Toby’s Hero, went to Feline Freedom Coalition, which raised over $5,300 led by team captain Diane Straney.
·       Overall Best Presentation – Mt. Pleasant Water Works
·       Celebrity Best Presentation – The Post and Courier
·       Overall Most Traditional Chili – Roper St. Francis
·       Celebrity Most Traditional Chili – The Post and Courier
·       Overall Most Unique Chili – Free to a Good Home
·       Celebrity Most Unique Chili – News 2
·       Overall Best in Show – PWC…Plus!
·       Celebrity Best in Show – ABC News 4
“This event belongs to the community just like Charleston Animal Society belongs to the community.  Every person who participated in the Chili Cook-off makes up one of the building blocks that makes Charleston County a No Kill Community,” stated Elmore.  “We are very grateful for and proud of these outstanding chili teams, sponsors, volunteers, staff and participants that made this event a phenomenal success.”

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