Community members and organizers joined together for the Chili-Dawg Challenge on Thursday, October 24 in downtown Ionia. The annual event, which raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region, featured 10 chili dog vendors. It was held in conjunction with the Autumn Celebration where local businesses host trick-or-treating for children as well as a costume contest for children and pets. This year’s event drew in thousands of people and raised $8,060.
The event brought local restaurants and community groups together to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ local mentoring programs. Vendors created and sold their own unique chili dogs, donating ingredients, supplies and all proceeds. In a friendly competition, vendors raced to sell the first 400 dogs and be named “People’s Choice.” This year, Saint Peter and Paul’s Youth Group received the People’s Choice award, and the Ionia County 4-H Service Club received the Best Judged Chili award.
“Independent Bank is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Chili-Dawg Challenge,” said Jennifer Meyers, community banking vice president. “It was great to see the community team up to support this worthy organization that has such a positive impact on children.”
Independent Bank team members Linda Fox, Jenny Houghton, Joann Witter and Karen Shannon are shown presenting the check to Phil Knight and Jessica Klinger of Big Brothers Big Sisters.