Teams competing in the 2021 Chili Cook-off for the Williston Basin chapter of the American Petroleum Institute raised $45,000 for community causes this year.
API President Ken Callahan credited the board of directors and all of the teams involved in the event for helping pull off a great success in an uncertain time, as well as a number of volunteers and other organizations.
"I'd like to thank the best board of directors I've worked with: Jared Iverson, Kerri Espeland, Jonathan Iblings, Crysie Hendershott, Dewey Bailey, Brom Lutz, Carl Hirsch, Jared Medhurst.,” Callahan said. “This team steps up to the plate and goes above and beyond even when we don’t need it. We moved the chili cook off location and we had a lot of uncertainties and they stepped up and made it run seamless.”
Callahan is planning to retire soon. Jared Iverson will be taking over.
“I’ll stick around to help but from the back seat at least for a year or two,” Callahan said.
Callahan also thanked Bras for a Cause, Jenny Miller with the Kitchen, Studio 89, Tangled Roots Photography and Busters Bar provided services to the event, to help things go.
“Of course Judd Hoos didn’t disappoint the audience, and we had the pleasure of having Art Martinez with DJ Empire handling sound throughout the day and night for us.”
Liberty Oilfield Services won the MVT or Most valuable Team award for the second year inn a row. They have won the honor five times in seven years.
Chili teams collectively raised $16,000 toward the Bakken bread Winner award. SandPro LLC won that award.