The United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties's fall fund-raising campaign begin Thursday a community chili cook-off.

Seventeen organizations gathered at Mississippi National Golf Links offering 21 different types of chili designed to appeal to just about any taste from spicy to mild.

Awards were:

  • Best Chili-Amateur Division -- Associated Bank: Smokey's Road House Chili
  • Best Chili-Professional Division -- St. James Hotel's Brisket and Chipotle Chili
  • Best Display -- Treasure Island Resort & Casino
  • Best Named Chili -- Red Wing Rotary's La Cucaracha-cha Chili

Hottest (Spiciest) Chili -- Treasure Island Resort and Casino's 12 Peppers Chili

Most Unusual Chili -- Fairview Red Wing Health Services's Brazilian Black-bean Chili

  • People's Choice Chil -- Associated Bank's Smoke's Road House Chili

Also participating were Edina Realty, Elks Lodge, Goodhue County Education District, Noontime Kiwanis, KCUE/KWNG, Jerry LaCroix, ProAct, Red Wing Downtown Main Street, Red Wing Shoe Co., Wells Fargo Bank, White Rock Bank and Red Wing Family YMCA.

Chili was judged by taste-testers from around the area including Donna Dummer, mayor of Red Wing; Katie Himanga, mayor of Lake City; Fritz Schulz of the Goodhue City Council; and Mary Plein, executive director of the Untied Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties. Hearth & Home Technologies employee Eric Runquist and Larry Horlitz of the Elks Lodge rounded out the panel.

"It was a fun evening and raised money for an important vital organization in our community," said Tris Danielson, director member services for Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and the 2006 United Way Chili cook-off chairwoman.

"Fun is the name of the game while kicking off our annual fund-raising campaign." said Meg Walch, resource development director for the United Way "These special events generate enthusiasm for United Way and help us as we begin our fund raising through work site campaigns, individual giving and business gifts."

The annual campaign supports local non-profit health and human service agencies. For information on how to support the community through the United Way, call (651) 388-6309.