Chili Wars Benefit the 5th Corner

By Nora Carichner

The 7th Annual Chili Wars, a fundraising event for The 5th Corner, Saline’s student driven teen center, took place March 10th. Each year, local non-profits vie good-naturedly for the top prizes.

Reigning champion, Saline Fire Chief Craig Hoeft scooped up The Judge’s Choice 1st place award with a fire-y hot chili, to benefit Ally’s Pals. Saline ATA Martial Arts won The People’s Choice 1st place award. Paul Teboe’s efforts benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The field of businesses, individuals and non-profit participants with noble causes included: Brewed Awakenings Cafe (FSAS),Care Village (, Carrigan Café (PEAC), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Foundation for Saline Area Schools, Jazzercise Saline Fitness Center (ALS Foundation), Mayor Brian Marl (Saline Social Services), Saline Leadership Institute (The 5th Corner), Saline Middle School (Hornets Helping Hornets), Salt Springs Brewery, The Saline Police Department (C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital) and Saline Youth Council.

Director of the 5th Corner, Peter Rufener says, “The Chili Wars have been a key piece for the 5th Corner to raise funds and raise awareness of the teen center. We are so thankful for people in our community that participate and promote this event to make the 5th Corner a great place for students to connect, grow and lead”

The 5th Corner, located at 211 Willis Road, provides an environment where middle and high school students can build relationships and develop as leaders. The 5th Corner recently received an Ann Arbor Community Foundation grant to fund a job training program. Teens, ages 14-17, can experience employment skills training and 10 hours of job shadowing. Upon successful completion, the teens will earn a $90.00 stipend. Businesses that would like to offer job shadowing opportunities can contact Peter Rufener at

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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