2020 South University Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser for Lifebox

Every year, the Anesthesiologist Assistant students at South University hold a fundraiser for Lifebox—a proper chili cook-off. Entries compete against each other to see who has the tastiest chili in Savannah, Georgia. On top of preparing recipes and honing their cooking skills, students raise money for Lifebox’s safe anesthesia programs leading up to the event. This year, they raised a record $12,700!

A sincere thank you to the South University Anesthesiologist Assistant students and faculty for hosting another successful Chili Cook-Off for Lifebox!

The Lifebox team is thankful to South University students, faculty, sponsors, and donors for helping anesthesia providers around the world receive the tools and training they need to give their patients the right care.

“Our program supports Lifebox every year because we see how important their work is. We are in operating rooms every day, and see just how essential the medical equipment that they are providing is. The fact that they can provide this equipment is saving lives, and we understand the difference they are making,” says Haley Touchton, the student organizer who facilitated this year’s cook-off.


Lifebox strives to bridge the gaps between care providers in high-resource settings with their colleagues in low- and middle-resource settings. Our goal is that care providers in places such as the US can contribute directly to their colleagues’ success around the world—which is why this incredible event, raising $12,700, is so important for our safe anesthesia programs. Regarding this year’s unprecedented success, Haley said, “Our students this year were really driven to raise as much as we could and devoted a lot of time and effort into getting sponsorships and donations. I think we are lucky in the fact that the students before us have made this such an awesome event in the past.”

Lifebox is always excited to support anyone who wants to raise funds for safer surgery and anesthesia! Not sure where to start? Haley offers this advice: “The biggest piece of advice I can give to groups who are trying to start an event like this is to recruit help and delegate jobs. It is a lot of work, but if you spread out the tasks and everyone pitches in, it makes it much more manageable. Remember what you’re fundraising for! It makes it easier to raise funds when it is for such a good cause.” The Chili Cook-Off has certainly grown since its induction—there is nothing wrong with starting small!

A special thanks to Dr. Stacie Wong, Lifebox champion and South University faculty who oversees the Chili Cook-Off, and to Haley Touchton for organizing the event!

For information on how to host your own fundraiser for Lifebox, contact development@lifebox.org. Alternatively, make a donation if you do not have the capacity to host a fundraiser.