Champions Made From Adversity held its second annual Chilly Chili Cook Off on Dec. 8 at Evans Towne Center Park to great acclaim.
Jeff Snover, CMFA co-founder and chairman, said more than 400 people attended the event, which generated more than $17,000.
While it was an important fundraiser for the group, it was also about awareness. Champions was founded in 2007 with the goal of helping advance the lives of those with physical disabilities through sport and leisure activities. It currently runs multiple sports programs for 100 participants and has 400 volunteers on its rolls.
At the cook-off, there were wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby demonstrations and the organization was able to make new contacts and give out information.
It’s not your typical sell. The organization tries to get people to join its programs but there’s no annual fee. It exists to provide help to others.
It has credibility in the international arena with co-founder Scott Winkler having competed for the U.S. team at the last two Paralympic Games.
I admit I’m in the tank for CMFA and have been since I first met Jeff, Scott and a handful of others in the organization about a year ago. They have a positive outlook and are a fun group to be around.
I was glad to see my opinion shared at the cook off. Fairway Ford again was a major sponsor.
“We love being a part of it,” Fairway Ford general manager Mike Combs said. “They’re an awesome group to be associated with. They bring life to a whole different perspective.”