Eau Claire church hosts Chili Cook-off & Mac and Cheese Challenge

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local church's annual Chili Cook-off and Mac and Cheese Challenge had another successful event Sunday, according to organizers.

The event took place at the Sacred Heart-St. Patrick Center in Eau Claire. The Chili Cook-off and Mac and Cheese Challenge is more than a friendly competition, it's also a fundraiser for the church's youth program to help the students go on trips. Organizers say the event raised about $700.

“I love volunteering because it helps me to get out and meet new people and do new things, " said volunteer Joseph Mullenberg.

Organizers say nearly 200 people attended the challenge and they almost ran out of food! The award for best chili went to Carrie Ronnlander and Anne Henricksen for best mac and cheese.