Annual PILO Chili Cook-Off raises more than $700 for summer public interest work grants

Organizers of the Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) raised $710 at its annual chili cook-off held Wednesday, Nov. 18. The funds raised will go toward 2016 PILO grants to help fund unpaid public interest-related summer internships. Students, faculty and staff sampled nearly 20 varieties of chili during lunch and voted for their favorites.

“Thank you to all of our participants for entering some great chilis this year,” said Emily Jeske (JD ’17), PILO member and one of the event organizers. “This event would not have been nearly so successful without all of your creative and tasty recipes. A huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported PILO at our first fundraiser of the year! We hope that you all had a great time.”

According to PILO President Nick Griffin, the Criminal Law Roundtable took home the first place prize for best chili with “Assault with a Deadly Delicious Chili with Intent to Fill.” Runner up went to Daniel Barrera with “The Chilis Awaken.” OUTLaw was awarded best name with “Scalia’s Flaming Dissent.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Officer Charlie Digeralamo for his chili as well as Conor Degnan, Wes Harty and Sophia Vazquez for the name of their dish, “Netflix and Chili?”

Cody’s Smokehouse on Reynolda Road donated macaroni and cheese to sell to help raise additional funds. PILO promotes Wake Forest’s tradition of training lawyers who serve not only their clients, but also their communities, state and nation, organizers said.