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    • 2015 Chili Challenge

29 Years and Still Cookin' ... Thank you for supporting the work of UCP of Northwest Missouri as we serve local children and adults with disabilities. This year's auction will run from February 9, 2015 until 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015. All proceeds go toward UCP's mission of "creating a life without limits for people with disabilities."

The 28th Annual UCP Chili Challenge on March 2, 2014, Raised $160,000 to Support UCP's Programs! 

Every year the Chili Challenge brings spectators, supporters, team members and auction-goers to the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph, Mo. A single admission price lets visitors sample dozens of chilis, while enjoying live music from the Licious Brothers, browsing unique vendors, bidding on silent auction items, and chatting with old and new friends.

In 2014, 64 teams competed for the Chili titles and local businesses donated items for the silent and online auctions. $160,000 was generated to help provide support to UCP's programs.

28th Annual UCP Chili Challenge Awards:

Missouri State Champion:
1st  Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd Andy's Collision Center, Red Jeffers
3rd Don's Window Cleaning, Don Melbourn
1st   Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd  Andy's Collision Center, Red Jeffers
3rd   Don's Window Cleaning, Don Melbourn
4th   Epic Express Special Olympics Softball Team, Joseph Callaway
5th  Johnson Controls, Rebecca Schuster
1st   Trex Mart2, Rick Palma
2nd  Pop's Place, Steve Holland
3rd  Knights of Columbus 5067, Dan Grable
4th  Apple Market 753 (North), T.J. Decker
5th  Van's BBQ, Randy VanGundy

Commercial Sponsor:
1st   Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd  Don's Window Cleaning, Don Melbourn
3rd   Pop's Place #1, Steve Holland
4th   Apple Market 753 (North), T.J.Decker
5th   Johnson Controls, Rebecca Schuster
All Beef- Sponsored by American Angus
Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
Best Decorated Booth:
1st   Slick's "Hot Pork" Chili, Michael Selecman
2nd  Downey & Bennett Chili Connection, Stacy Downey
3rd   CBIZ Insurance Services Inc., Nikki Mace
Heart of America People's Choice Awards:
1st    Ed Fisher, Nestle Purina  $73,640.36
2nd   Bill Swope, The Boys Are Back $14,067.28
3rd    Bob Bledsoe, Anderson Auto Group $10,843.75
4th    Richard Paul, Scottish Rite 32° Chili  $10,250.00
5th    John Thompson, Long Branch Crop Tours $8.783.00
6th    Dan Murphy, Team Gray $1225.00
7th    Laura Bailey, Best Buy's Excellent Adventure $1,030.00
8th    Dewayne Leer, Uncle D's Sports Bar & Grill $931.00
9th    Todd Euler, Apple Market $967.00
10th  Nikki Mace, CBIZ Insurance Services $562.00
11th   Rebecca Schuster, Johnson Controls $373.00
12th   Scott Wineinger, American Family $369.26
13th   Christina Grimes, Cafe` Acoustic $302.00
14th   Heather Ball, Magically Delicious $247.80
15th   Brett Esely, Grif-A-Licious Chili $111.60
The competition really heats up -- not just for best chili in several categories, but for the coveted People's Choice Award.
Each year, teams recruit local donations before the Chili Challange to earn the title of People's Choice. The 2014 People's Choice award winner, St. Joseph's Nestle-Purina, brought in more than $73,500 for UCP's programs!  In an equally remarkable effort, The Boys Are Back chili team raised over $14,000 and Scottish Rite 32° Chili team raised over $10,200 as well as Anderson Auto Group with over $10,800 and Long Branch Crop Tours raised over $8,700 donated to UCP. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Chili Challenge a tremendous success!  On behalf of the families served by UCP, the board, staff and volunteers, we are so grateful.  


    • 1st place professional trexmart2
    • 1st place people s choice nestle purina
    • 1st place missouir state champions chili rainbow
    • 1st place commercial sponsor chili rainbow
    • 1st place best decorated booth slicks hot pork chili
    • all beef winner chili rainbow
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Interested in the 2015 Chili Challenge? You can:

- Form a Chili Challenge Team and compete! 
- Donate items for the Online or Silent Auction (a big part of the proceeds for UCP each year!) 
- Bid, bid, bid! Bid on a great item or two for yourself, or a friend, from the Online Auction! 
- Vote for your favorite team to win the People's Choice Award! (all vote proceeds to go UCP!)
- Bring your friends and family to the Civic Arena to sample chili, bid on auction items, cast your votes, and have a great time!