SchoolsFirst wins CU Chili Challenge

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 14, 2018) — Cuatro Caliente, a team of employees from SchoolsFirst FCU, won First Place Saturday at Xpress Data, Inc.’s 6th Annual Credit Union Chili Challenge at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racetrack.

The $14.7 billion credit union, based in Santa Ana, Calif., will donate its $6,000 prize to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Cuatro Caliente also qualified to compete in the ICS 2018 World Championship Chili Cook-off Sept. 28-30 in St. Louis, MO.

The Credit Union Chili Challenge, sponsored by Xpress Data, Inc., awarded $25,000 worth of prize money this year to charities chosen by the winners of 23 competing credit union teams.

“This year, we donated more prize money than ever before, and hosted the most credit union teams ever,” said Xpress Data, Inc. President Mike Cooper. “XDI’s Credit Union Chili Challenge continues to grow in popularity among the credit union community, and we couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved in making this our best year yet.”

Teams were judged by credit union celebrity judges that included CU Journal Correspondent Michael Bartlett, Stickley on Security CEO Jim Stickley, LA Financial Credit Union President/CEO Carol Galizia, Cabrillo Credit Union President/CEO Anne McClure, Pacific Marine Credit Union President/CEO Bill Birnie and Point Loma Credit Union President/CEO David Brooke.

The $235 million POPA FCU won Second Place. Team Red Hot Chilis will donate their $4,000 prize to the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation of Los Angeles County.

A $2,000 Third Place prize was awarded to the B2 Stealth Chili Bombers from the $1.2 billion Northrop Grumman FCU. The Gardena, Calif.-based credit union also won the People’s Choice Award, which was determined by voting from hundreds of people who attended the event. They will donate a total of $6,000 to Big Sunday – Wrapp1NG Warmth, which donates new coats to the homeless.

The $831 million Pacific Marine Credit Union of Oceanside, Calif., which won two awards in last year’s competition, was awarded Fourth Place and a $1,500 prize. Team Chili Chili Bang Bang will donate to Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

Fifth Place went to A Perfect T.E.N. Chili from the $6.4 billion Patelco Credit Union of Pleasanton, Calif. They will donate their $1,000 check to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Other winners included the following credit union teams.

People’s Choice Award

Second Place: Team Chili on Tap from the $281 million San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union, who will donate $2,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Third Place: Team Krewe of Chili Peppers from the $930 million Jefferson Financial Credit Union of Metairie, La., who will donate their $1,000 prize to the Louisiana SPCA Foundation.

Best Booth

Team Hot and Wild from the $296 million Cabrillo Credit Union of San Diego, who will donate $1,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Best Spirit

Team A-Chilies of Troy from the $967 million USE Credit Union of San Diego, who will donate $1,000 to The Salvation Army.

Social Media Participation

Team Chili on Tap from the $281 million San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union, who will donate another $1,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Credit unions that didn’t compete can prepare to participate in next year’s event by downloading a free chili cookoff kit that includes step-by-step instructions and electronic versions of all the documents needed to make their own event a success. The kit can be downloaded by visiting XDI’s website at

The B2 Stealth Chili Bombers from Northrop Grumman FCU won both Third Place and The People’s Choice Award, for a total of $6,000.

The proud members of Team Cuatro Caliente from SchoolsFirst accept their $6,000 prize at Xpress Data, Inc.’s 2018 Credit Union Chili Challenge.

USE Credit Union’s team, A-Chilies of Troy, won the Spirit Award and $1,000.

About Xpress Data, Inc.

Based in San Diego and founded in 1995, Xpress Data, Inc. started as an all-purpose digital printing and mailing operation. In 1999, the company made a major strategic decision to focus entirely on the credit union industry. Today, XDI serves over 200 progressive credit unions, collectively serving more than 20 million members and representing $355 billion in assets. Additional information is available at


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