Chili Battle helps community, fills stomachs

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Crime Stoppers made an opportunity to help the community, and to enjoy some chili while at it.

Crime Stoppers held their second annual Chili Battle at Washburn's Lee Arena today.

People in attendance got unlimited chili, refreshments, and an entry for prize giveaways. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards rewarding people for crime tips.

Mayor Michelle De La Isla, District Attorney Mike Kagay, Washburn Football Coach Craig Schurig, Topeka Police Major Darin Scott, Shawnee Co. Sheriff Brian Hill, Dept. of Correction's Eve Kendall, KSNT's Molly Patt, and even 13's own Melissa Brunner formed a panel that got to judge the fifteen different chili entries from several local law enforcement agencies.

Crime Stoppers Board President Angel Romero expressed how important the event was.

"The funds that were generated her today really help support that work that we do each year. We know that our ability to be able to provide rewards to people that call in tips on crime really empowers community members to really take charge of the community safety. So, the more we can do that, the better we are as a community."

Crime Stoppers has given out around $200,000 since its inception.