Meagan Lantz, director of social work, with her winning Tastiest Chili

On Feb. 21, 2018, Life Care Center of New Market, Virginia, hosted its fifth annual chili cook-off to raise money for cancer.


Associates entered homemade chili, and judges chose winners. Each chili and cornbread meal was $3. Residents and associates were able to taste the various chili flavors and choose their favorite chili to eat for lunch. The event raised $90 for the cause.


Meagan Lantz, social services director, won the Tastiest Chili award. Lantz has worked for the facility for two and a half years and was encouraged to enter her vegetarian chili by a vegetarian associate.


“I use a variety of beans instead of meat,” Lantz said. “I was very excited to win.”


Crystal Barney, who works in the medical records, took the prize for Spiciest Chili. Barney has been working at the facility for 18 years and shares her excitement at being a part of the competition.


“I enjoy spicy foods, but my family doesn’t, so I was thrilled to make a hot chili and share it with others,” Barney said.


Ginger Nicholson, physical therapist, was a slam dunk for the Most Unusual Chili. Nicholson has been at the facility for more than 14 years. She has been making her mild and unique white chicken chili for years.


“I originally got it [the recipe] from Weight Watchers, but have tweaked it over the years to make it less spicy,” Nicholson said.


Other entries had unique ingredients such as venison, semi-sweet chocolate, tomato soup and a variety of colored beans. The money fundraised was donated to the facility’s Relay For Life team, supporting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to raise money for cancer research, prevention programs and treatment programs.

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