The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 26, 2013

26th annual United Way Chili Cookoff gets thumbs up


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to the 26th annual United Way Chili Cookoff Friday at the Enid Event Center.

The theme of “Chili to the Rescue” fit well in the campaign theme of “Live Heroic, Give United.” We even saw Wonder Woman serving chili to the masses, but we’re not sure where she parked her invisible plane.

All of the funds will benefit the 16 partner agencies of United Way, together with the Impact Initiative established this year, “United, Early Education. Strong Families. Bold Economy.” The 2013-14 campaign goal is $1.15 million.

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to a collection drive in the Enid area aimed at making a better Christmas for families affected by spring tornadoes.

Thanks to the Rebuilding Christmas donation drive, this year’s holiday season will be a little brighter for them.

Donations of new and “gently used” Christmas items, including indoor and outdoor decorations, lights, Christmas trees, tree skirts, stockings, ornaments and tinsel, are being sought.

Donation drop sites have been established at businesses in Enid and Waukomis, including Growing Hope Network, ATS Counseling, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Unique Designs, Mail Run, Short Stop on 30th and Buffalo Wild Wings in Enid, as well as Little Bit of Seattle, Dollar General, ACB Bank and Tag Agency in Waukomis.

All donated items will be picked up weekly through November and will be distributed to families the week after Thanksgiving.

THUMBS DOWN

Thumbs down to more than 30 percent of checked locations not following the law recently in our community.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, ABLE commission and PreventionWorkz conducted alcohol-compliance checks and found seven of 19 locations weren’t doing the right thing.

That news is disappointing.

THUMBS UP

Last, but not least, thumbs up to the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Enid Plainsmen football team.

Thanks for participating in the celebration of your unforgettable state championship. Standout Lydell Carr couldn’t attend because he watching his daughter play volleyball in Texas.

“I still take a look at my state championship ring,” Carr said last week. “There are some great memories there.”

Congrats to the entire state championship team!