Chili Cook-Off Heats Up
By Chandler Robertson, Staff Writer
Each year, Gettysburg’s Sigma Chi chapter hosts a chili cook-off in the fall, in which teams from across campus are welcome to enter their recipes. Students and judges alike come to sample a variety of chilis, some classic and some with a creative twist. This year, the chili cook-off continued to grow as Sigma Chi paired with Delta Gamma to increase the event’s presence on campus.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, teams of students (Greek and non-Greek alike), faculty and even members of the town filled the CUB ballroom, along with numerous students paying the five-dollar entry fee required to eat as much chili as they pleased. Money was raised through t-shirt sales, team entry fees and ticket fees. Judges included Sigma Chi’s and Gettysburg alumni Pete Yingling and Gerry Royals, as well as Sigma Chi chapter advisor Joe Santacroce.
“It’s good to see the event expanding,” said Sigma Chi co-philanthropy chair Brandon Keleman. “Last year we had a very disappointing turnout, but I think the turnaround this year will be great both for us and the causes the money goes to.”
The event lasted two hours, and at the conclusion, team AOII was declared the winner. Other teams in attendance included, CPS, the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life, College Democrats and local restaurant, Antica Napoli.
All total, nearly one thousand dollars will be donated to Campus Kitchens and the Gettysburg Senior Center, the local philanthropies of Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma. Co-sponsoring the event not only brought in more money than last year, but it provided a great opportunity to give that money to multiple causes within the area. Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma hope to team up again next year in order to continue the pattern of growth for this excellent philanthropy event.