UNITED WAY OF STEPHENS COUNTY
DRH 10th Annual CHILI COOKOFF
Oct. 30, 2019
Jack Hyatt wins chili cook off.
Jack Hyatt's is the winner of the tenth annual Duncan Regional Hospital’s chili cook-off here Wednesday.
The highly competitive contest, with bragging rights on the line, attracted 15 entrants and officially launched the hospital’s internal fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Stephens County.
“I was hoping for a win this year,” Hyatt, an Engineer at the hospital, said , "I just tweaked my recipie from last year, which won People's Choice". “It’s really a blind competition. You never know who is going to enter or how many will compete, but one thing is for sure, we make some pretty good chili.”
His winning entry beat 14 other entries in a stiff competition that included five former winners which enabled him to claim the coveted championship trophy for his office this year.
Chris Genn, Director of Out Patient Services, was the People's Choice winner this year! Chris is also the United Way Vice-Chairman.
“It was one of our best events ever,” LeAnn McCord, ICU Clinical Team Supervisor and chairman of the Duncan Regional campaign, beamed.
“We had a great turnout, a lot of fun and some healthy competition,” she continued. “It was a great team effort, as is our support for the United Way and its agencies.
“It was good for our morale, gave us the opportunity to have good fellowship and has become an event that is a popular way to start our annual campaign.”
In years past, Duncan Regional has been the largest team donor and will extend that successful record when it reaches its 2019-20 goal of $54,000.
“It’s an ambitious target, we know,” McCord said, “but we’re going to make it.”
Team members who turned in their pledge cards at the cook-off were eligible for prizes provided by Advanced Medical Supply, Duncan Regional Hospital Auxiliary and Chisholm Corner.
United Way partners are CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Heartline 2-1-1, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marie Detty Youth & Family Service Center , Marlow Samaritans, Safe Center and Senior Citizens of Velma.