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CENTER COOKOFF: Nonprofit to raise funds with food

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Community leaders will morph into chefs to ladle out a dose of competitive fun in The Center for Whitley County Youth’s annual cookoff.

This year’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.

“The cookoff raises about a third of our annual budget,” said Executive Director Jeff Wike. “It’s the only fundraiser we do, so we want to make it fun and successful.”

Wike said the money raised from the dinner will be used for operations. Last year, more than $50,000 was generated for the organization.

“One of the things I love most about the cookoff is the variety of people that attend,” said Wike. “There is a large mix of professionals, community leaders, church members, civic leaders, volunteers and those that just want to see what we’re all about. Everyone comes together for the night, and we do it all in the name of bettering youth.”

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