VI Raises $11,440 for United Way of Central Oklahoma

Posted: Oct 24, 2023

Topics: Newsroom

VI Marketing and Branding’s 21st Annual Chili Cook-Off Raises $11,440 for the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (October 25, 2022): VI Marketing and Branding hosted the 21st Annual Carne Diem Chili Cook-Off to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma last Friday, October 20, 2023, at the agency’s headquarters at 125 Park Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. A total of $11,440 was donated to the United Way of Central Oklahoma because of the event.

Every year, VI Marketing and Branding hosts Carne Diem, a chili cook-off and block party in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. This family-friendly event brings thousands of people together over bowls of steaming chili and a great cause. The event hosts amateur and professional categories as well as a pepper eating contest and live music.

Over 60 varieties of chili were served at the event by amateur cooks and professional chefs from local restaurants. Participating restaurants included SPARK, The Manhattan OKCPrairie GypsiesMolly’s TamalesNaija Wife, Just Pug An Egg On It, Della Terra Pasta, Park Avenue Grill, Hacienda Tacos, OKC Taphouse (The Omni), Tiny Ass Kitchen, A Taste of Africa, Stock & Bond and Tellers. Beer was also available for purchase from local truck, The Big Friendly. Live music was enjoyed from Kyle Earhart and the Neon Smoke.

A panel was assembled to judge amateur and professional chilis. Restaurant chili judges included established writer, Greg Horton, CEO at Downtown OKC Partnership, Phi Nguyen, President at VI Marketing and Branding, Jacquelyn Berney, CEO at Timberlake Construction, Bryan Timberlake and CEO at Service Oklahoma, Jay Doyle.

Judges named SPARK as the third-place winner, Stock & Bond as the second-place winner, and the coveted Carne Cup was awarded to OKC Taphouse (The Omni),

 “Carne Diem raises crucial funds for United Way. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it”, said CEO of VI Marketing and Branding, Tim Berney. “We raised a record $11,440 for United Way of Central Oklahoma and had a ton of fun doing it.”


About VI Marketing and Branding
VI Marketing and Branding is a full-service marketing communications firm with expertise in digital marketing, strategic planning, branding, public relations, and social media. VI has won almost 2,000 awards for creative excellence and superior results. The 34-year-old firm is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Media Contact:
Jacquelyn Berney
President | VI Marketing and Branding




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