A host of community programs in and around Port St. Joe, such as the Prom Project, the Women’s Diagnostic Center, the Washington Gym summer program and 4-H grants, will be the beneficiaries of thousands of dollars of funds raised last Saturday at the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe’s 14th annual chili cookoff.
“It was an amazing turnout, we were really pleased,” said Lianna Sagins, president of the all-volunteer Junior Service League, which was formed in 1996 and now has about 22 members.
The six judges who weighed each of the entries from the 19 teams decided that the White Hot Chili Peppers from Centennial Bank made the best chili, followed by the Ascension Sacred Heart Volunteer Guild as runner-up. The QZ Chili, whipped up by Sarah Quaranta and Ryan Zipperly, finished third.
Dressed in bright pink tutus, the Spicy Bean Barbie Queens were the runaway winners for Team Spirit. People’s Choice went to the Farmaseaers.
Accompanying the cook-off was a car show, and taking the top prize was a 1972 Chevy C10 owned by Jim Sherman, with runner-up honors going to a 1951 Ford F1 owned by Mark Land, and third place to a 1993 Volvo owned by Lowell Wilson.
The Sponsor’s Choice award went to a 1968 Chevy Camaro owned by Jimmy Zinker. The People’s Choice was a 1917 Ford T, owned by Douglas Hough.
Cathy Andrews pocketed $160 for being the winner of the 50/50 raffle.
Last year the Junior Service League disbursed over $57,000 into the community, with contributions to projects that included the Women’s Diagnostic Center, 4-H grants, a shopping trip for kids, the Port St. Joe High School art trip, the Prom Project, the Washington Gym summer program, jam packs, and various other scholarships and sponsorships.