PITTSBURG — It is again the time of year to sit down with a bowl of homemade chili.
In conjunction with Pittsburg Animal Control, the Southeast Kansas Humane Society will host its 34th annual Chili dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the lower level of the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
“All profits go to animals in need at our shelter,” SEK Humane Society Business & Promotions Manager Jasmine Kyle said. “It’s one of our biggest and most successful fundraisers.”
On Saturday, Kyle and many volunteers will begin mixing together 460 pounds of hamburger, boxes of onion and seasonings in preparation for the chili dinner.
There will be vegetarian, gluten free, and meat chili.
If it were not for the many volunteers, the event would not be as successful, Kyle said.
“Without volunteers, this event wouldn’t happen, we are so thankful for the community,” she said.  
This year local pianist Jim Wilson will play during the event. Local bell choir performer Cynthia Huffman will “chime in” and play for the guests as a soloist bell ringer.
The Doggie Bag will bring country-style items from its store to sell at the “Country Store” which will be open during the chili dinner at the auditorium.  Many of the items are pet-themed.
The shelter currently has less than 30 cats and are at full capacity on dogs. A powerpoint will be run during the event with photographs of the shelter pets.

Want chili?
Each $7 ticket includes chili, dessert, crackers, and drink. Tickets will be for dine-in or carry-out dinners only. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Doggie Bag, which is located at 816 N. Broadway.
Quarts of chili may be purchased for $10 cash or check only — no tickets. Quarts can be picked up either inside or there will be a designated drive-thru area on 5th Street on the south side of the auditorium, weather permitting.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.