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Join us November 9th

MHK Chili Cook-Off

Young Trustees 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off! Come try over 30 different chili recipes/samples while watching the away Kansas State @ Texas game on a 15 ft jumbo tron at Blue Earth Plaza. All proceeds and prize money are donated across several non-profits in the Manhattan area. Last year over $10,000 was given away to 36 different non-profit orgranizations.

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 2019 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 2017, more than $10,000 was raised and 36 nonprofit organizations received a donation. For 2018, the Young Trustees raised $11,025 to support 43 nonprofit organizations in the Manhattan area. This event is so special to us 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 businesses of Manhattan this year!

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30+
different chili's made by local businesses and teams

Taste over 30 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.

10+
Thousand Dollars Raised

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

40+
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 Manhattenites and you enjoy some chili, drinks, and live entertainment all while supporting local business 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.

.5k Race

Our .5K race around Blue Earth Plaza is something the whole family can enjoy! 

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.

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 Trust- ees 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's lots of opportunities to get involved with this great event! To find out how, you can email  vsims@varney.com 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

Choose the RACE AND TASTE to enter the .5k and your get your chili taster kit!

Enter your Team

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