Posted by Bev Rott on Oct 31, 2017
On Saturday October 28th, Holmen's Hope had their First Annual Chili and Mac-n-cheese contest. Holmen's Hope is a local charitable organization strongly supported by the Holmen Area Rotary Club. The event drew a large crowd to sample the 13 Chili and 4 Mac-N-Cheese entries. The recipes were tasted and judged by Professional Kansas City Barbecue Society Judges along with a 'Peoples Choice' award, voted on by the public tasting the various fare.  
Silent Auction, Bucket Raffle, Root beer floats added to the fun! Over $8000 was collected by Holmen's Hope for their school backpack program. 
The winners were;
People’s Choice - Donna Lombard (Late Entry)
1st place  –Eric Davidson (Team Journey)
2nd place –Trinity Drugg (Texas Roadhouse)
3rd place- Andy Niles (Holmen Marine)
Mac n Cheese
People’s Choice- Dave Pehl (Dad Can Cook)
1st Place – Features Holmen (HHS National Honor Society)
2nd Place- Dave Pehl (Dad Can Cook)
3rd Place – Al Sauerwein (Big Al’s Ghetto Hop)
For more information on Holmen’s Hope or how you can help, please check out The Holmen's Hope Facebook page
Or contact Bev Rott

Holmen’s Hope is a non-profit organization serving all within the Holmen School District.   The Holmen’s Hope is a 100% volunteer organization and no one has a paid position within this great organization.  Holmen’s Hope serves over 200 people with a free meal each month on the last Tuesday of the month at the Holmen American Legion.  Holmen’s Hope also serves 60-70 sack lunches three times a week to three different locations in the summer.  Their most recent undertaking is sending home backpacks with non-perishable food items on Fridays to over 80 children identified by the school district as children in need.  These children are on the free and reduced breakfast and lunches and without the backpacks, may go hungry on the weekends.  The school district expects this number to grow.  Each bag costs $5.00 per week, for a total of $200 per child to feed for the entire school year. The Holmen Area Rotary Club is proud to help sponsor Holmen's Hope and its service to the community.