COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people gathered in Columbia on Saturday to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia. The Seventh Annual Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-off took place at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. More than fifty teams put their best bean forward in hopes of taking home the prize. Last year's Cook-Off raised about $65,000 and brought in a crowd of more than fifteen hundred people. The Boys and Girls Club says community support is what keeps the after school program alive.
"We serve at risk youth after school and we believe that it takes a village to raise a child. And this is the community's way of being that village. To come out and support such an important organization in our community," said Valorie Livingston the Executive Director of the Club.
The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia says it hopet to up the ante this year and raise at least $66,000.