Chili cooks up funds

Hundreds of people chowed down for a good case during the ninth annual Downtown Vernon Association Chili Cook-off.

Downtown Vernon was swarmed by 450 people, eager to sample the finest chili in the city, and in the process, they raised $950 for the Salvation Army House of Hope.

“We are happy to help whenever we can,” said Dudley Coulter, events and promotions co-ordinator with the DVA. “Every year we (DVA) donate 50 per cent of the proceeds from the event to a different non-profit organization on behalf of businesses in downtown Vernon.”

The donation will help with programming, food hampers and sending people for necessary treatments.

“We’d like to thank the DVA for their generous donation,” said Kristin Ford, volunteer co-ordinator at The Salvation Army. “All donations made in Vernon at The Salvation Army stay in our community.”

Ford said the local branch is currently seeking volunteers to help at the thrift store. Interested candidates should contact Ford at [email protected].

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