Sandy Zuehlke (director of Coloma Public Library) shared this fundraising success story:
In January 2009 the Coloma Area Historical Society (CAHS) held its "hugely successful" 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off. It drew ten competing teams from local businesses, business owners, and the general public. Over 150 people attended the event, held in the Coloma community center, and it was standing room only!
Each contestant or team had had a table set up to serve chili and toppings. Also on each table was a jar in which people cast their vote for a chili by paying a quarter (25¢) per vote. The CAHS received all the money as their fundraiser. From the CAHS Newsletter:
Voting was done by putting quarters in your favorite's money jug and the one with the most quarters was declared the winner. To make sure everything was on the level, Waushara County Sheriff Dave Petersen sold quarters 3 for a $1.00, while Steve McDiarmid emceed the entire event in his always-engaging fashion.
For photos and a full write-up of the event, see the March 2009 issue of the CAHS Newsletter [PDF]. Contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-228-2530 to get details on what made the event such a success.