DOWNEY - Soroptimist International of Downey hosted its first annual chili cook-off fundraiser Oct. 4 at the Downey Elks Lodge.The event was "overwhelmingly attended" and featured 20 chili entries from contestants competing in four categories and a Peoples Choice Award. Judges included Downey Mayor Mario Guerra, Paramount Mayor Diane Martinez and Downey Chamber of Commerce President Robert Zavala. Patricia Kotze, president of Soroptimist International of Downey, called the event a "huge success." "The contestants were definitely enthusiastic and are looking forward to next year's event," she said. Money raised from the event will go towards local service projects and scholarships.
********** Published: October 30, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 28