We started this event as a way to give back to the community. The Young Trustees are a group of young professionals with philanthropy in our hearts and just looking for a way to make a difference in Manhattan. We wanted to find a fun way to raise money to support local nonprofits in the Manhattan area. One of our YTs, Jamie Coones, came up with the idea for a Chili Cook-Off that would happen every year where local businesses sponsor teams to cook their best chili and hopefully earn money for local nonprofits. $5 of every ticket sale goes to the nonprofit of the attendee's choice. The cool thing about the Chili Cook-Off is that it doesn’t just benefit one nonprofit organization - in 2019, we gifted funds to over 40 nonprofits in the Manhattan area!