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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Community leaders will morph into chefs to ladle out a dose of competitive fun in The Center for Whitley County Youthâ€™s annual cookoff.
This yearâ€™s cookoff will be held Thursday at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.
â€śThe cookoff raises about a third of our annual budget,â€ť said Executive Director Jeff Wike. â€śItâ€™s the only fundraiser we do, so we want to make it fun and successful.â€ť
Wike said the money raised from the dinner will be used for operations. Last year, more than $50,000 was generated for the organization.
â€śOne of the things I love most about the cookoff is the variety of people that attend,â€ť said Wike. â€śThere is a large mix of professionals, community leaders, church members, civic leaders, volunteers and those that just want to see what weâ€™re all about. Everyone comes together for the night, and we do it all in the name of bettering youth.â€ť
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