White Sulphur Springs, WV – January 30, 2014: Creativity and chili were flowing at The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s 2nd Annual Cabin Fever Chili Cook-Off, which raised $12,270 for local charities.

Seven teams comprised of members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and their guests traveled in from near and far for the event held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, as did local beer companies, The American Beer Company and Bridge Brew Works, and local musicians, The Jarmovers.

“We all heard so many wonderful comments regarding the chili, the people, and the energy!” said Clay Elkins, Director of Food & Beverage at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. “We can’t thank everyone enough for coming out for such a fun charitable event. With everyone’s help, we raised over $12,000. This included the ‘dirty money’ that was flowing freely to the judges, and which was added to the ballot proceeds!”

To participate, each team of members from The Greenbrier Sporting Club picked a charity, devised a theme for their team, and paid an entry fee of $200 per team. The teams competed in two categories, “Best Chili” (“People’s Choice” and “Chef’s Choice” divisions) and “Team Spirit.” In order to win “People’s Choice,” members’ peers were in control of the vote, while the guest chef, Charlie Shed, Food & Beverage Director at The Greenbrier resort, had control over the “Chef’s Choice.” Both divisions for “Best Chili” rewarded the top three places. 1st place received 25% of the winnings followed by 2nd place with 15% and 3rd place with 10%. The “Team Spirit” award went to the team/charity with the most money provided by their peers as they casted their vote into a mason jar at their team’s booth.

“It was a wonderful event, sharing time with other members and guests while raising money for several local area non-profit organizations,” said Richard Puckett, member of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and team ‘Cat House Chili.’ “The Sporting Club staff provided a wonderful festive atmosphere including a great band, food, drink and fellowship that contributed to us raising almost three times as much money as last year. What a way to spend a cold January weekend!”

The teams began setup inside The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Lodge on Saturday, January 18 at 10am. Cooking took place from 11am (no ingredients were allowed to be pre-cooked for an even cooking field) and tasting began at 2pm.

After a long day of cooking and tasting chili, the winners were announced with ‘El Scoundrels’ taking top honors for “Team Spirit,” ‘Cat House Chili’ scratching out the competition for “People’s Choice” and ‘Chili High’ going to the head of the class for “Chef’s Choice.”

“We loved participating in the 2nd Annual Chili Contest and raising money for several great non-profit organizations that work in West Virginia and help our communities,” said Dona Young, member of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and team ‘Chili High.’ “At the same time, we enjoyed the spirit and creativity of The Sporting Club and having fun with fellow members and staff. It was a great way to brighten a winter day.”

Full results listed below:
Team Spirit Winner – El Scoundrels (Charity: Children’s Home Society of WV)
People’s Choice Winners:
1st Place – Cat House Chili (Charity: Greenbrier Episcopal School)
2nd Place – Breaking Bad Chili (Charity: Family Refuge Center)
3rd Place – Calientas Locas Chicas (Charity: Children’s Home Society of WV)
Chef’s Choice Winners:
1st Place – Chili High (Charity: Save the Children)
2nd Place – Chili with a Bite (Charity: Greenbrier Humane Society)
3rd Place – Top Dogs (Charity: Greenbrier Humane Society)
Benefitting Charities:
Greenbrier Episcopal School - $3,209
Children’s Home Society of WV - $2,913
Greenbrier Humane Society - $2,448
Save the Children - $2,235
Family Refuge Center - $1,465

“We all had a blast,” said Elkins. “All the money goes to charity—it’s all for a good cause; that’s what this event is all about.”

About The Greenbrier Sporting Club:
The Greenbrier Sporting Club, a private residential sporting community, is the pinnacle of luxury real estate in West Virginia, offering exclusive homesites from $300,000 and homes from $1 million within distinctive neighborhoods set across the 10,000-acre estate of The Greenbrier, an award-winning resort in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. Sporting Club Members enjoy access to an array of private amenities including two members’ lodges, outdoor pools, award-winning golf at The Snead – an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Eastern-inspired spa (Ananda in the Alleghenies), full-service equestrian center, private access to miles of trout stream, sports complex with indoor squash courts and a 25-foot climbing wall. Members also indulge in exclusive mountaintop amenities at Greenbrier Summit Village and so much more. Home ownership at The Greenbrier Sporting Club also means complete access to more than 50 amenities and activities at The Greenbrier resort, including three championship golf courses, The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier and The Meadows.

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