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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 Youthâs annual cookoff.
This yearâs 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.
âThe cookoff raises about a third of our annual budget,â said Executive Director Jeff Wike. âItâs the only fundraiser we do, so we want to make it fun and successful.â
Wike said the money raised from the dinner will be used for operations. Last year, more than $50,000 was generated for the organization.
âOne of the things I love most about the cookoff is the variety of people that attend,â said Wike. âThere is a large mix of professionals, community leaders, church members, civic leaders, volunteers and those that just want to see what weâre all about. Everyone comes together for the night, and we do it all in the name of bettering youth.â
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