Shawnee County Crime Stoppers Host Chili Contest at Lee Arena

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Shawnee County Crime Chess held their annual Battle of Chile Tuesday at Washburn University’s Lee Arena.

“I am pleased to support Crime Stoppers,” said Mike Padilla, Mayor of Topeka. “This is an organization I’ve been affiliated with for decades. Crime Stoppers gives everyday citizens the opportunity to help police fight crime in their community. A small $10 donation adds up again and again and Crime Stoppers was able to raise thousands of dollars to pay a number of tips to help police close cases.

Funds raised during the Battle of Chile support the work of Crime Stoppers and allow the organization
to pay tipsters who provide anonymous information that leads to an arrest.

For a $10 ticket, attendees had unlimited chili, a large cinnamon roll, refreshments, and free admission for our door prizes. The event will also include a silent auction, with packages from Schendel Lawn and Landscape, Happy Basset Brewing Co., GreatLIFE, the Tee Box and more.

This year’s celebrity judges include:

  • Mayor of Topeka Mike Padilla
  • Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay
  • Major Russell Klumpp, Topeka Police Department
  • Major Danny Lotridge, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lt. Joe Rucker, Shawnee County Department of Corrections
  • Melissa Brunner, WIBW-TV
  • McKenzi Davis, KSNT-TV

Mark M. Gagnon