March 21, 2022 | Stories

In September 2021, Wagonmasters and contestants cooked with their hearts as Wichitans activated our urban core to taste some of the best chili in the Midwest. After a COVID-related hiatus in 2020, the annual Wagonmaster’s Downtown Chili Cook-off made a comeback and raised more than $10,000 for local nonprofits.

WF announced in February 2022 that the Good Life Grants Fund, which is funded solely by proceeds from the Chili Cook-off, would benefit 15 projects. From providing winter wear for the homeless to improving the work environment for adults with disabilities, the grants support a diverse range of local nonprofit programs.

“Wichita's Littlest Heroes fills gaps for families with children fighting medically complex battles. One of these conditions is Cystic Fibrosis (CF). If those with CF come in contact with another individual fighting CF, it’s extremely dangerous,” said Wichita’s Littlest Heroes Director of Operations Matty Donaldson. “Thanks to the Wagonmasters, we were able to purchase purple t-shirts to allow Heroes with CF to attend events worry-free by spotting other CF Heroes.”

Established in 2012, the Fund has distributed more than $134,000 to organizations across the city that enable more people to “enjoy the good life” and promote the idea that Wichita is a great place to live, work and play.

22 Grant Recipients and Their Projects

"Freedom Hooves is incredibly grateful for the support from the Wagonmasters Good Life Grants over the years,” said Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center Executive Director Amanda Hale. “They have served all our clients with disabilities in many ways including providing therapy scholarships for those who are burdened by large medical expenses."

Courtesy: Wichita's Littlest Heroes

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