Community members and organizers joined together for the Chili-Dawg Challenge on Thursday, October 25. The annual event, which raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region featured 16 chili dog vendors. It’s 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 $8,414.

The event brought local restaurants and community groups together in a mission 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 Angel Dawgs was recognized as the People’s Choice winner and First Christian Church received the Best Judged Chili award. This year’s Best Decorated Tent went to Eldon’s Café. Independent Bank associates, Karen Shannon, Jennifer Carigon and Jarell Brown prepared the chili for the Independent Bank booth. The Independent Bank team consisted of 45 associates.

“Independent Bank is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters through the Chili Dawg Challenge,” said Dave Reglin, executive vice president of retail banking. “We look forward to this fun event each year and enjoy seeing the community get involved to support a great organization.”