First United Methodist Church wins 2017 WellSpring Chef Challenge

This article is courtesy of Reporter-Times

Written Brooks Hepp |


WellSpring is the only shelter for homeless families in Morgan County. Funds from the Chef’s Challenge go to support the center.

First United Methodist Church took home the top prize with its signature Mexican casserole dish.

River Valley Christian Church served a taco skillet, First Church of the Nazarene put together a Mexican square dish and Hoosier Harvest Christian Church offered up its cheesy beef enchiladas.

“This will be the best enchilada you’ll ever have,” John Barrett of Hoosier Harvest said before the event began.

There was also a silent auction with such items as signed sports memorabilia, tickets to various events, gift cards, a grill and clothing items.

Bob Goodrum, executive director of WellSpring, kicked off the Chef’s Challenge by welcoming the guests and introducing the contestants. He then passed the microphone to Eastview Christian Church Pastor Rick Miller to lead the group in prayer.

The 160 people in attendance were separated into 20 tables of eight. Goodrum released each table one by one by color of table cloth, and each church gave out a small serving of their respective entrees to each guest.

Four fish bowls were set out on a side table, and each guest had the opportunity to submit their vote for their favorite dish.

After everyone got dinner, the silent auction was closed and the winners were announced.

Before the live auction began, a representative from each church stood on stage, announcing First United Methodist Church as the winner.

Former Martinsville Mayor Phil Deckard then took the stage to lead the live auction. Some of the items included Purdue vs. Minnesota football tickets, a free two-hour session of paintball for 30 people, an overnight stay at a French Lick Resort, several items of clothing and paintings.

The grandiose sponsor of the event was Modern Woodmen.

Goodrum said the center was impressed with the turnout from the community.

“We had 160 tickets to sell, and we sold all of them. That’s a 25 percent increase from last year,” Goodrum said, adding they raised more than there target goal.

Rebecca Stein, a guest at the event, said she enjoyed the evening and thought everyone had a good time.

“It was a lot of fun,” Stein said. “The food was great and the auctions were a hoot.”

The organization will set up Monday outside Rural King, 1800 S. Ohio St., Martinsville with a needs list for the shelter. Shoppers can look at the list and buy items while they are shopping to donate to the shelter.

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