HAWLEY — Settlers Hospitality presented Victims’ Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike Counties (VIP) with a check for $2,500. The money was raised during the Annual Chili and Wing Cook-Off at The Waterfront at Silver Birches Resort in March.

The annual event attracted 20 of the best chefs from area restaurants, schools and organizations in a culinary showdown. Approximately 600 people attended for the chance to taste the varied offering as chef contestants vied for the title of Best Chili and Wings. “We’re proud to host this wonderful community event,” explained Justin Genzlinger, Owner/CEO of Settlers Hospitality. “It’s so gratifying to see all the restaurants come together to support VIP and we’re thrilled the public has embraced it wholeheartedly.”

Diana Olivas, Randi Bannon, Corinne Crum and Lisa Tait accepted the donation from Justin Genzlinger on behalf of VIP. The organization provides vital assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other serious crimes. Established in 1988, VIP offers confidential services such as a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, emergency shelter and transportation, risk reduction workshops and professional training.

"I would like to thank Silver Birches, all of the volunteers and the guests, on behalf of the Victims' Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike counties, who came out to support us at the Chili & Wing Cook Off. The proceeds will be used for crisis services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other serious crimes." Stated Michele Wolf, Executive Director of VIP. “If you, or anyone you know, needs help please call our 24-hour hotline at 570-253-4401 or 1-800-698-4VIP (4847).”

Participating restaurants included Glass–wine.bar.kitchen, Gresham’s Chophouse, The Boathouse, John’s Italian Restaurant, Kōl Steakhouse, Wallenpaupack Brewing, The Dock on Wallenpaupack and The Waterfront at Silver Birches Resort. Cooks from Delaware Valley High School and Wallenpaupack Area High School, as well as some home chefs, joined the competition. Silver Birches Resort donated 120 pounds of wings to each participant as well as all the cups, plates, spoons, napkins and wet naps needed for service.

About Settlers Hospitality
Settlers Hospitality, boutique multi-concept hospitality in Hawley, PA, consists of The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort, Hotel Anthracite, Sayre Mansion, The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen, Kol Steakhouse, Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery, Lake Region Fitness and Art on the edge. For more information, check out SettlersHospitality.com.