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MHK Chili Cook-Off

Young Trustees 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Come try over 25 different chili recipes/samples while watching the away Kansas State @ Texas game on a 15 ft jumbotron outside of Rockin K's @ KSU Foundation Park (1880 Kimball Ave.). All proceeds and prize money are donated across various non-profits in the Manhattan area as well as the Young Trustees of Manhattan. In 2022, over $18,000 was given away to 30 different non-profit organizations.

Our Mission

100% of all Chili Cook-off proceeds will go to local non-profits. The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Young Trustees have organized this family-friendly event as a way for businesses and citizens to gather in support of our local non-profits.

Your participation as a sponsor, competitor, or by purchasing a ticket allows our organization to funnel thousands of dollars directly back into Manhattan’s needs. We are proud of this opportunity and thank you for participating in the 2023 Chili Cook-off!

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Our Sponsors

We wouldn't be here without our sponsors! Thanks to everyone who helps make this event and MHK great. If you or your business are interested in becoming a sponsor, click the link to find out more.

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Our Impact

In the first four years of the MHK Chili Cook-Off, more than $68,000 was raised and distributed to non-profit organizations. Over 30 non-profits have benefitted annually from funds raised by this event. 

Last year in 2022, over $18,000 was raised and distributed to 31 non-profit organizations.

We hope for continued growth as we enter our 6th year of the Chili-Cookoff in 2023.

This event is so special to the Young Trustees because it allows us to be directly transparent in our fundraising to benefit our community. Our impact is continuing to grow, which makes us so excited to see how this event will benefit even more nonprofit organizations in Manhattan this year!


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different chili's made by local businesses and teams

Taste over 25 different chili's made by local businesses and teams entering the competition to win prize money to be gifted to the non-profit of their choice.

Thousand Dollars Raised

With every ticket bought, 50% of the money goes to a non-profit of your choosing. 

Non-Profits received donations

The Young Trustees decided to give a minimum of $100 to every organization even if they just had a single ticket sold in their name! 

Our Activities

With tons of activities to chose from, there is something for everyone at our event. Come root on the K-State football team with fellow Manhattanites and you enjoy some chili, drinks, and live entertainment all while supporting local businesses and non-profits!

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Chili Cook-Off Competition

Grab your taster kit and try as many teams chili's as you can! The team with the most votes at the end gets to chose which non-profit they want to give their prize money to.

Fire Breather Challenge

Can you take the heat? Sign-up for our pepper eating contest for a chance to raise more money for your chosen non-profit.

Kids Activities

All children's activities are FREE and do not require a ticket to the event! Entertainment includes inflatables, Reptile World, games, and more.

.5K Race

Our .5K race around Rockin K's, located at 1880 Kimball Ave STE 100, is something the whole family can enjoy!

I love that the money stays local to help out a charity hand picked by you. Tasting all of the chili is a blast. It is so fun to try all the varieties of chili, and fixings. There's such an encouraging environment, and having a beer garden afterwards makes it the best .5K race to participate in too.

Our Team

The young professionals of today are our leaders and philanthropists of tomorrow. That is why GMCF formed the Young Trustees program to educate these young people about philanthropy and how it impacts the lives of others around us.

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Get Involved

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with this great event! To find out how you can get involved, email or check out the list below for more information!

Sponsor Opportunities

Your business can help sponsor the event, to find out more click below!

Buy Tickets

Get your tickets now and taste 25+ chili samples on November 12th!

Enter your Team

Does your chili have what it takes? Sign-up your team or business to compete in the chili cook-off!