Nursing center staff really gets cooking for charity
Tonganoxie Nursing Center staff members were really cooking last Thursday.
As a fund-raising event to help the relief effort in New York City, eight staff members participated in a chili cook-off.
Donations of $2 or more were accepted, and money raised will be sent to New York for the World Trade Center relief effort. The nursing center's goal for the cook-off was $500, but the event raised $218. Still, the center has raised about $584 for disaster relief with the chili feed and other fund-raisers.
"Our goal was $500, but we're still going," said Jacki Cahill, certified dietary director.
The event was originally going to be a chili-dog feed. But Cahill and Sandi Loomis, director of nursing, had a disagreement about whose chili was better, and the event became a cook-off with eight chili makers.
"It's all been in good spirits," Loomis said.
"It's just about to get mean," Cahill said.
Cahill eventually won the cook-off and a special wooden spoon as her trophy, but all participants gained something in the contest.
"We had a lot of fun doing it and we all swapped recipes," Cahill said.
The center also raised $232 with a hot dog feed two weeks ago. Debbie Lewis, environmental supervisor, made felt patriotic ribbons. Those are being sold for $3, and $100 has been raised with that project. Keithann Hurt, another staff member, has also made T-shirts with the words "Tonganoxie Nursing Center cares" and an American flag with an eagle. The shirts sell for $7.
The center's next fund-raising event will be Oct. 4 with a soup feed. A biscuits and gravy feed has also been discussed.
Those contributing to the chili cook-off were Cahill, Loomis, Hurt, Mike Bartholomees, Sandy Ireland, Lorenda McConaughey, Judy Kerr and Carli Mathia.