green|spaces Kicks Off Annual Giving Campaign, Gears Up For MainX24 Chili Cookoff

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

green|spaces' MainX24 World Heavyweight Chili Championship is back for the 12th year. The event also celebrates the culmination of the nonprofit’s inaugural Annual Giving campaign,
with a goal of $50,000 to help further the sustainability nonprofit’s mission and award winning
programming before the end of the year.

green|spaces, the Chattanooga region’s sustainability nonprofit, launched their new Sustainers
Circle giving campaign at the Chattanooga Green Prix, which saw a record crowd at Ross’s
Landing last weekend.

“Every dollar you spend is a vote for something,” said Tj Tate, green|spaces director of
partnerships. “Each dollar you donate to green|spaces is a vote to help improve quality of life, quality of environment and to foster community connection in the area. Especially with Giving Tuesday just around the corner, we hope residents will remember that every donation makes a difference – and so does giving your time and participating in our upcoming fun events.”

A staple event during MainX24, Chili Championship attendees sample all-you-can-eat chili, along
with local beer, boozy coffee, bloody marys and live local music in the OCI parking lot on Main
Street. With Chili Team registration now open and Express Lane ticket options available ahead of
the Dec. 4's event day, you won't want to miss this annual tradition, officials said.

Also a fundraiser for green|spaces, attendees can use their “votes” to decide whether
green|spaces Board Chair Ken Jones or Executive Director Michael Walton receives the
traditional pie in the face.

Plus, in partnership with NewTerra Compost, the event aims to divert all organics and recyclables
from the waste stream and provide an example for future events to take suit.

“After having to cancel the Green Prix, Mainx24 and all of our in-person workshops and training
last year, we are so excited to launch our Sustainers Circle and end this season with the Chili
Championship,” said Michael Walton, executive director of green|spaces. “This is our chance to
show that not only our nonprofit organization, but also Main Street and Chattanooga, have thrived
in the face of adversity and we are ready to celebrate everyone that helped make that possible.”

To register your team, get all-you-can-eat express lane tickets or to volunteer, visit
tiny.cc/mainxchili.

This MainX24 event is made possible thanks to EPB, OCI, NewTerra, Pickers Vodka, Wanderlinger
Brewing, Whisper Creek Spiked Coffee, Victoria Love Creative, Center on Main and Lodge Cast
Iron.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Chili Championship, email Kelley Cureton at
kelley@greenspaceschattanooga.org.

For end-of-year giving, text GREEN to 801-801 or visit tiny.cc/sustainerscircle.

To find out more about Chattanooga’s sustainability nonprofit and its wide range of community
impact programs or support the work, visit www.greenspaceschattanooga.org.


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