Sunday, December 15, 2013
On Saturday, Nov. 23, a crowd of over 2,000 animal lovers gathered to show their support for the community’s animals in need at Charleston Animal Society’s 14th Annual Celebrity Chili Cook-off and Oyster Roast at Joe Riley Stadium. With WCIV’s Tom Crawford serving as emcee, the crowd enjoyed award-winning chili, “endless oysters,” beverages and music by Best Laid Plan. Attendees were treated to “Game Zones” for both adults and children, free adoptions of loving adult dogs from the organization’s animal care facility, and special guest appearances from some of the “hot” models from the 2014 Charleston Animal Society Firefighter Calendar. Most importantly, the event was expected to raise in excess of $150,000 for Toby’s Fund, Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund for treating the community’s injured, ill, abused and neglected animals.
A total of 72 teams participated, of which 46 cooked. Overall “Best in Show” went to Joint Base Charleston with Three Blondes receiving the “People’s Choice” trophy. Other winners in the All-Team competition were Service Experts whose team was awarded the “Most Traditional” trophy, Bone Apetit, who won “Most Unique” trophy and Divine Equines, who took home the prize for “Best Presentation.”
In the Celebrity Division competition, News 2 won “Best in Show.” The “Most Traditional” winner was WEZL, and 94.3 WSC was selected “Most Unique.” Taking the trophy for “Best Presentation” was ABC News 4 whose participants dressed up as the cast from the movie “Anchorman.”
Special “Toby’s Hero” awards were given out in honor for those raising the most money online. The three winners were Gerri Greenwood (Individual), Tri-County Spinal Care (Business) and Divine Equines (Organization.)
“We cannot thank the Greater Charleston community enough for their overwhelming show of support for our largest annual fundraiser,” says Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society. “When we unveiled our No Kill Charleston 2015 last April, we made it clear that we could not do it without the help of the public. Since then, we have sent out pleas for their assistance on a number of occasions to help make this a reality. The amazing crowd we had for our Chili Cook-off is a prime example of that. I cannot thank them, our participants, our sponsors and our volunteers enough for their hard work in making Charleston Animal Society’s 14th Annual Celebrity Chili Cook-off and Oyster Roast far and away our most successful one yet.”