Congratulations to these winners of the Virginia Western Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bake-Off. The March 9 event raised nearly $700 to benefit the Virginia Western Student Food Co-Op, Fueled by Kroger:

  • Ladles & Linens door prize: Marla Mook
  • Sweepstakes prize of 50-inch TV, donated by Kroger: Gayle Clary
  • Non-traditional chili ($25 Kroger gift card and commemorative spoon): Carole Tarrant*
  • Traditional chili ($25 Kroger gift card and commemorative spoon): Amy Anguiano
  • Hot & Spicy chili ($25 Kroger gift card and commemorative spoon): Kristen Allard
  • Cookies: Amanda Mansfield* (oatmeal, cranberry, pistachio with white chocolate drizzle)
  • Chili Fan Favorite (Instant Pot): Lora Vasiliauskas (red version)
  • Cookies Fan Favorite (Instant Pot): Katelyn Burton (chocolate-chocolate cookies with sea salt)
Gayle Clary with sweepstakes prize - a 50 inch TV
Gayle Clary was the winner of the Sweepstakes prize, a 50-inch TV donated by Kroger.

We had nearly a dozen chili entries and the same for cookies, with faculty, staff, students and the general public represented.

Many thanks to all of the competitors who cooked for a great cause!  And to our judges: Dr. Robert H. Sandel, Peter Stocki, Joe Stanley, Michelle Bennett, Dan Casey, Craig Harris, Kat Pascal, Gene Marrano and David Dantzler.

Remember, you always can donate directly to the Food Co-Op fund, which is managed by the Educational Foundation. Click the link below or contact Amanda Mansfield, Educational Foundation Philanthropy Director, at

*Foundation staff donated the value of their gift card prizes to the Co-Op fund.