Chili Cook Off

Raise critical funds for safer anesthesia worldwide and have fun tasting chili!

The AA (Anesthesiologist Assistant) Chili Cook Off Competition for Lifebox is a peer-to-peer fundraiser that brings together healthcare providers, anesthesiologist assistant students, local businesses and communities to raise funds for Lifebox’s safe anesthesia programs, including distributing Smile Train-Lifebox Capnographs and Lifebox pulse oximeters.

Funds are raised through admission tickets, team fees, raffles, auctions, sponsorships, and peer-to-peer fundraising. More information on how to run your event and raise funds can be found in the Chili Cook Off Guide. 

The Competition

Emory University, South University, Indiana University and Lifebox would like to invite all anesthesiologist assistant programs to join this fun way to raise funds for safe anesthesia worldwide!

Let’s see which Anesthesiologist Assistant program can raise the most money! All events running between AA Annual Meetings will be up against each other to raise as many funds as possible. The winner will be announced at an online event, date tbd. 

Contact Alissa Cecala, our Individual Giving Officer, to create your campaign page and to answer any questions. 


History of the Chili Cook Off

When Lifebox was founded in 2011, South University began fundraising to help support Lifebox’s work. A few years later, South University hosted their first Chili Cook Off for Lifebox. South University has hosted a Chili Cook Off every year since – raising critical funds for Lifebox’s anesthesia work while also bringing students and faculty together to have some fun. In 2023, South University hosted their 8th Annual Chili Cook Off, raising over $16,000. Emory University hosted their first annual Chili Cook Off and raised nearly $8,000.


Why host a Chili Cook Off for Lifebox? 

  • Raising funds for Lifebox gives students the opportunity to contribute to safe and accessible healthcare around the world
  • It’s a fun bonding activity that brings programs together
  • Spreads awareness of the anesthesiologist assistant profession
  • Brings media attention to your program
  • Improves students’ teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Positions students for charitable outreach through their careers 

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Chili Cook Off Guide

Your one stop shop for our top tips on throwing a Chili Cook Off for Lifebox

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