Mad Hatter in Lake Worth was crowned this year’s winner of the fifth annual gay chili cook off. 

"Community-driven events that directly benefit our youth are always the most inspiring,” said Tony Plakas, CEO of Compass. “The participants don't only donate their money, they donate a lot of time and heart. And a bonus is we get to eat some damn good chili."

The event took place at Penny’s at the Duke, and despite rain and cold, raised more than $3,000 for the Compass youth group. Last year’s event raised about $4,000. 

Other contestants included H.G. Roosters (2016 winners), Rhythm Cafe, and Love Tokens, Pj's Bowl of Red, and Eric Pearson cooking for the Compass Youth Group. Performers included RaeJean Cox, Velvet Lenore, Rianna Petrone and Nicole Saphire.

The Compass Youth Group is for LGBT teens and allies ages 12-19. They meet every Wednesday and Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Compass in Lake Worth. 

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