Trident Chili Cook-Off raises $1,500 for BYC

Winners of the 2017 Trident Chili Cook-Off with Kylon Hooks of Broadway Youth Center. (Photos by Daddy Tom)

CHICAGO — Trident Windy City’s annual Chili Cook-Off raised $1,500 for Chicago’s Broadway Youth Center and new participant Chicago Puppy Patrol nabbed first place in the competition.

Local leather service club Trident Windy City hosts two inter-club competitions each year, a cupcake baking competition in the spring and a chill cook-off in fall. All money raised goes to BYC.

BYC offers services to LGBTQ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. They can seek refuge and community as well as medical, social and mental health care services. All of BYC’s services are for youth, ages 12 to 24.

This year, 11 organizations in Chicago participated, including businesses, clubs and activist organizations. A Wisconsin club had planned to participate, but encountered car trouble on their way to the city.

The CPP, entering the competition for the first time, walked away with the first place price. The Chicago Leather Club, a multiple first-place finisher, won second place this year. The Windy City Abbey of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence won third. Leather store Leather 64TEN won fan favorite for this year.

The winner is determined by ballot from everyone who tastes tests the chili. The fan favorite goes to whoever gets the most cash donations.

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