Zanesville city employees took a lunch break for a cause Wednesday afternoon.
For the first time, at the James Singer Activity Center, city workers had a chili cook-off to benefit the United Way. The workers headed to the center with chili in hand and empty bellies waiting to be filled. Public Service Director, Jay Bennett, said a few weeks of planning led to a fun event this afternoon.
"It’s a great event," Bennett said. "We’re having a lot of fun. It’s a way for city employees to have a little fun together, but also raise money for united way of muskingum, perry and morgan counties."
Along with a competition to see who could make the best chili, there was also an auction to raise more money for the United Way. Executive Director, Meg Deedrick, couldn’t believe the turnout Wednesday afternoon and gave all the credit to the workers who put it together.
"This is all them. We can’t give them enough credit," Deedrick said. "Starting from the idea to the execution. That’s a wonderful partnership for us. We will be sure to take this investment and responsibly use it in the community."
Deedrick added that the money will be invested into the United Way’s goal of supporting education, employment and health care.