We are pleased to continue the tradition of supporting local organizations through an annual cooking event in the SIU Arena. The original event, 100 Men Who Cook, took place in 2010. So, this will be the 8th year we have hosted a cooking competition and raised funds that have helped many nonprofit organizations.
We are proud to announce that The Women’s Center and The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale are the beneficiaries of this year’s event, Chef Clash in the Arena! The Women's Center helps to end domestic violence and sexual assault against individuals throughout Southern Illinois and to assist survivors of these crimes and their non-offending significant others. The mission of The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale is to enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens, while providing a safe and nurturing place for children ages 6-18.
We hope this year will bring lots of support for two very worthy organizations that provide needed services in our communities.
Over the course of the last seven years, this annual event has raised over $253,000 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Clubs of Carbondale and Marion, Rotary Clubs of Carbondale, Carterville and Marion, the SIH Foundation and This Able Veteran.
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust hosted the Chef Clash in the Arena 2016, at SIU Carbondale, where around 400 people attended and 100 chefs participated. The event raised nearly $35,000 for two local causes, St. Francis Community Animal Rescue, a volunteer non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing lost, unwanted and abandoned pets, and Gum Drops, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk kids in the Southern Illinois area by providing them with much needed food. Thank you to all the volunteers and chefs who made this a very special night!
In 2015, the sixth annual Chef Clash was held at the SIU Arena in Carbondale, IL. All proceeds raised benefited This Able Veteran. This Able Veteran is returning hope to injured veterans and their families by providing them the highest-quality Service Dogs.
The fifth annual event was held in June and raised over $62,000 for the SIH Hope is Home Campaign to help raise money to build and maintain a new cancer treatment center in Carterville, IL.
This annual event has become a tremendous team effort, executed and supported not only by our First Mid-Illinois associates, but also by non-profit organizations, business leaders and community members who all come together for a common cause.