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Our Mission

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!

"Our primary goal is to give back to the community as quickly and transparently as possible.  Our secondary goal is to make sure everyone has a great time!"