Several CCJC members traveled to the big city of Raleigh last night to attend the Raleigh Jaycees’ chili cook-off, a fundraiser to benefit the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Foundation.
HOBY is a special project that Raleigh Jaycees have dedicated their time and energy toward for the past few years. It is a 3-day leadership program for approximately 200 rising high school juniors held each June at NC State. Ambassadors develop their critical thinking skills, learn about their personal leadership styles, and form an appreciation for community service. After the HOBY experience, high school Ambassadors return to their schools and communities eager to make a difference and share what they have learned.
The Raleigh Jaycees rocked the house with seven crockpots full of yummy, homemade chili (minus the Mitch’s Tavern submission). After everyone tasted the chilis, the winners were announced: Jennifer took first place for a delicious chicken tomatillo chili and Shane won the second place spot with his 3-B chili (which included a secret ingredient that we coaxed out of him: cloves!).
Despite feeling like we had been driving forever and having somewhat unclear directions, Abbey, Amber, Dana, Hampton, Paul and I had a great time and enjoyed getting to know the Raleigh chapter more personally. Also, the brownies were amazing – of course, that’s speaking as a girl, and Paul noticed that they were the star of the show with the overwhelmingly female attendees.
Even though Abbey took this outing as an opportunity to make change, the cook-off gave us lots of ideas for the potential barbecue cook-off we hope to run this summer. We may try an actual chili cook-off around superbowl time next year, though.