DRH Chili Cook-Off



Kathy Deevers didn’t win a year ago when she entered the Duncan Regional Hospital’s annual United Way of Stephens County Chili Cookoff that launches its internal fund-raising campaign.

So she used some different ingredients and added “a little something extra” this year to defeat 11 other competitors and put her name on the Champion’s trophy that is fast becoming a prestigious award.

“It’s a pretty basic recipe,” the Coordinator of Patient Relations,  admitted. “It’s a little spicy, but my grandchildren eat it so it’s not that hot. The little extra made a difference, I guess, but I can’t tell you what that was. I might want to enter and win again next year.”

The popular event, held in the hospital’s conference center, started in 2010 when Doug Volinksi, Chief Financial Officer and, ironically, last year’s President of the United Way board of directors, was the inaugural winner. Casey Anderson of Human Resources, won the next three years and Ronny Thompson of Patient Care, claimed last year’s title.

Kim McCaleb and Bob Carrol tied for second.

Other competitors were Aleshia Blalock, Terry Crissman, Gina Flesher, Chris Genn, Jay Johnson, Caleb Payne, Paula Proctor, Fernando Pizano and Volinski.

“It’s a fun way to get our team involved,” DRH campaign chairman Julie Pennypacker said. “Sheila Crissman does an excellent job leading up to the event that mixes food and fellowship.”

Judges were former DRH Foundation Chairman Cynthia Corley, District Judge Ken Graham and United Way Campaign Chairman Michael Harris.

With a goal of $45,000, the hospital’s campaign is the United Way’s largest single internal drive.

“We encourage out team to contribute annually to the United Way in hopes of making a direct impact on the overall quality of life in our community,” Pennypacker, who is Director of Critical Care Services, said. “Many of the partner agencies are near and dear to my heart because I have seen how they make a difference in the lives of those in need.”

Flesher and Pat Linam won special prizes.

All campaign donors are eligible to win a big screen television.

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