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    • 28th Annual UCP Chili Challenge

28 Years and Still Cookin' ... Welcome to UCP's Annual Chili Challenge Online Auction! The auction is now open. 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 4, 2014 until 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014. All proceeds go toward UCP's mission of "creating a life without limits for people with disabilities."

The 27th Annual UCP Chili Challenge on March 3, 2013, Raised More Than $159,000 to Support UCP's Programs! 

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

In 2013, over 64 teams competed for the Chili titles, and hundreds of local businesses donated items for the silent and online auctions. $159,000 was generated to help provide support to UCP's programs.

27th Annual UCP Chili Challenge Awards:

Missouri State Champion:
1st  Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd Pop's Place, Steve Holland
3rd Rearview Grill & Sports Pub, Jeff Cook
1st   Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd  Ancient Order of Hibernians, Pat Casey
3rd   PJ's & MJ's, PJ Joyce
4th   Anderson Auto Group, Bob Bledsoe
5th  Foster's Martini Bar - 3 Stooges, Natan Karr
1st   Pop's Place #1, Steve Holland
2nd  Rearview Grill & Sports Pub #1, Jeff Cook
3rd  Uncle D's Sports Bar & Grill, Dewayne Leer
4th  Pop's Place #2, Steve Holland
5th  Hi Ho Bar & Grill #1, John Garvey

Commercial Sponsor:
1st   Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd  Pop's Place #1, Steve Holland
3rd   Rearview Grill & Sports Pub #1, Jeff Cook
4th   Ancient Order of Hibernians, Pat Casey
5th   Uncle D's Sports Bar & Grill, Dewayne Leer
All Beef- Sponsored by American Angus
        Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
Best Decorated Booth:
1st   Anderson Auto Group, Bob Bledsoe
2nd  Slick's "Hot Pork" Chili, Michael Selecman
3rd   Downey & Bennett Chili Connection, Stacy Downey
Heart of America People's Choice Awards:
1st    Ed Fisher, Nestle Purina   $66,551
2nd   Bill Swope,  The Boys Are Back $14,497
3rd    Richard Paul, Scottish Rite 32° Chili  $10,830
4th    Bob Bledsoe, Anderson Auto Group $10,190
5th    John Thompson, Long Branch Crop Tours $7,882
6th    Pat Rich, The Sisters Three $4,892
7th    Scott Wineinger, American Family Insurance $1,580
8th    John Pittman, Techno Chili Best Buy $1,011
9th    Rebecca Schuster, Johnson Controls $975
10th  Todd Euler, Apple Market $967
11th   Heidi Walker, CBIZ Insurance Services $685
12th   Heather Ball, Magically Delicious $624
13th   PJ Joyce, PJ's & MJ's $432
14th   Dewayne Leer, Uncle D's Sports Bar & Grill $417
15th   Dan Sponseller, S & S BBQ, Triumph Foods $481
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 2013 People's Choice award winner, St. Joseph's Nestle-Purina, brought in more than $66,000 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 $10,000 as well as Anderson Auto Group who also raised over $10,000. Long Branch Crop Tours raised over $7,000 and Sisters Three team also placed with over $4,000 donated to UCP. 

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

 See you Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, for the 28th Annual UCP Chili Challenge


    • 3rd place com sponsor rearview
    • 3rd place best decorated booth downey bennett
    • 3rd place amateur pjs and mjs
    • 2nd place professional rearview
    • 2nd place mo state champ pops place
    • 2nd place pc boys are back
    • 2nd place com sponsor pops place
    • 2nd place best decor booth slicks hot pork chili
    • 1st place professional pops place
    • 2nd place amateur ancient order of hibernians
    • 1st place mo state champ chili rainbow
    • 1st place pc nestle purina
    • 1st place best decor anderson ford
    • 1st place com sponsor chili rainbow
    • 1st place amateur chili rainbow
    • 3rd place mo state champ rearview
    • 3rd place pc scottish rite
    • 4th place pc anderson ford
    • 3rd place professional uncle d s
    • 5th place pc long branch
    • 6th place pc sisters three
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Interested in the 2014 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 on March  2, 2014, to sample chili, bid on auction items, cast your votes, and have a great time!