27th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Chili chefs vie for bragging rights at the region’s largest chili cook-off

Head of the Lakes United Way hosted its Annual Chili Cook-Off at the DECC on Sept. 20. This event is meant to raise awareness about Head of the Lakes United Way along with its partner agencies.

Every year, over 1,500 chili lovers gather to try recipes from over 40 chilies and vote for their favorites. Professional judges are also present to choose the best recipes. This year’s award recipients include:

For photos courtesy of Mark Fitzgibbons, “Fitzphoto”, click here, and scroll down to “2018 Chili Cook-Off.”

People’s Choice
Minnesota Power

Spicy Spirit (Best Booth Decorations)
Whole Foods Co-op

Professional Division
1st Place: Minnesota Power
2nd Place: Duluth Bethel
3rd Place: Essentia Health/Northern Lights Cafe

Amateur Division
1st Place: TIE: Arc Northland
Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes & Pines
2nd Place:  Duluth East Food For Thought Restaurant
3rd Place: Valley Youth Center/Miller Roofing

Hottest-Yet-Edible: Valley Youth Center/Miller Roofing

Vegetarian: Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes & Pines

Most Unique: Duluth Bethel

United We Fight. United We Win.

Head of the Lakes United Way announces new campaign for 2018-19

We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. This will be focus of Head of the Lakes United Way’s 2018-19 campaign.

Each year United Way asks local communities to invest in themselves. United Way then strategically partners with local non-profit health and human services programs that provide residents with critical necessities like food and safe housing, but also support tools for long-term solutions. United Way worldwide promotes partnerships and strategies that are foundational for a good life and strong community: basic needs, education, financial stability, and health.

This year’s campaign messaging is an extension of the 2017-18 campaign created by local advertising agency, Creative Arcade.

On Wednesday, September 19, Head of the Lakes United Way held a news conference at St. Luke’s, an important long-time partner of United Way. Attendees heard from Head of the Lakes United Way President, Matt Hunter, as well as St. Luke’s CEO/President, John Strange. They also learned about one of United Way’s programs, 2-1-1 Information and Referral from Program Director, Rory Strange.