SAN DIEGO – The first-ever “Credit Union Chili Challenge” here helped raise more than $10,000 for charities while proclaiming the team from Pacific Marine CU as the chili-cooking champions.

Held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racetrack and sponsored by Xpress Data, Inc. (XDI), 10 credit union competed for trophies and bragging rights at the event that was sanctioned by the International Chili Society. By taking first place, Pacific Marine CU’s “Chilis-a-Blazin’” team won $5,000 for the charity of their choice, Rady Children’s Hospital. The team also qualified to compete in the Homestyle Division of the 47th Annual International Chili Society (ICS) World’s Championship Chili Cookoff in Palm Springs, Calif. later this year.

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