by Rebecca Juntunen
Out of the dozen chili crock pots on a table in Pensacola State College’s building 5, the two scraped-clean pots of Rodney Rany’s chili (#1) ensured its title as the winner of United Way’s chili cook-off fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 18.
United Way, an organization dedicated to “uniting the community and its resources to improve lives,” hosted the cook-off as the last of its employee-student college campaigns— social events to invite people to learn about United Way.
“We’re trying to create awareness for United Way and entice people to turn in pledge cards,” said Sheila Nichols, the chair of United Way. In the past, the organization has hosted other events, such as hot dog sales and bake sales.
The campus wide event called for people to make and donate chili to the cook-off, buy a bowl for $2 and then vote on their favorite chili.
Rany, a volunteer with United Way, said that they “had more chilies this year than last year.” Rany won last year’s competition with the same recipe, and he was certain that this fall’s fundraiser had claimed him his second victory.