MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The 15th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Chili and Bar-B-Que Cook Off was on Saturday. NewsWest 9's Victor Lopez got to be a lucky taste tester. This cook off is the real deal. It was sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association. The cook off benefits Gifts Of Hope, Hope House, and The Look Good Feel Good Shop. It was $25 for cooks to enter but it was free to the public to spread breast cancer awareness across west Texas. NewsWest 9 talked with organizers of the event about why this annual cook off is close to their hearts.
"Being a breast cancer survivor, I decided that we would do this for cancer patients. This is the 15th year. The first 14 years has raised a little over $433,000," said Patsy Childress, the event founder.
"All of the proceeds that we've received have stayed right here in the permian basin, and we provide direct support to cancer patients while they're undergoing cancer treatment," said Patima Castillo, Gifts Of Hope Executive Director.