The Humble Area Assistance Ministries Raise the Roof Chili Cook-off was a big success this year.

The event has been one that HAAM and the community look forward to each year, and it's one of HAAM's main fundraisers. Community groups were invited to enter the friendly competition.

The Village Learning & Achievement Center took first place in the chili contest, with the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental in second place and Boy Scout Troop 1922/Pack 912 in third, led by Terry Vaughn. The People’s Choice award went to Atascocita United Methodist Church.

At the event, HAAM honored its Pillars of the Community – Insperity, and Pat and Ray Guard – for their tremendous service to the organization and to others.

HAAM's 25th anniversary is this year; the board made the event a reunion of sorts, with each of its previous executive directors invited, as well as many others who served in the past. From teams to staff to attendees from throughout the community, the event proved to be rewarding, fun, and for some, sentimental.

“We had 20 chili teams this year and almost every team partners with HAAM in some way,” said Executive Director Millie Garrison. “We had serious outdoor cookers and serious indoor cookers and everyone had fun. It was nice to see so many former staff and volunteers have the opportunity to reminisce. The day was like a big family reunion.”

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HAAM’s directors were reunited in celebration of their 25th anniversary at the Raise the Roof event Feb. 15. From left are Sue Ann Lane, Diana Garbis, Deb Coppola and Millie Garrison, current executive director.

The Mardi Gras Warm-up Krewe’s booth and participants were a colorful and fun addition to the Chili Cook-off. Photo by Patsy Oliver