In what has become an annual fall tradition at the University of New Mexico, the 2022 UNM Gives United Way campaign kicks off in New Mexican style with the 4th Annual Salsa Showdown Competition scheduled for Tuesday, October 4.
Register to Submit Recipes is ongoing and is limited to the first 10 entries. The deadline to enter the contest is Tuesday, September 20 at 3:00 p.m. The prize for the winning salsa recipe is one year of free parking, equivalent to an existing parking permit (courtesy of PATS).
Despite a global pandemic, each of the past two years the University has still managed to launch its annual UNM Gives campaign to raise funds for the United Way of Central New Mexico with the salsa test. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate with the best salsa recipe on campus. If you have an old family favorite – or maybe it’s that “famous salsa” you’re always asked to bring to picnics and parties –submit your recipe by Tuesday, September 20.
Entrees (10) will be prepared by UNM’s Chartwells Catering, and on Tuesday, October 4, Lobos can grab a bag of chips and a sample of the competing salsas in the SUB atrium, then vote online for their favorite. The winner will get more than bragging rights; UNM Parking and Transportation (PATS) will also waive the cost of your parking for the remainder of the academic year. It’s a great way to satisfy that salsa craving while raising awareness for a great cause.
Sponsored by the Office of the President, this year’s Grab N’ Go Salsa Showdown event will have a similar format to last year, including limited attendance (10 attendees) and online voting, all due ongoing health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19.
Participants taking part in the Salsa Showdown will register and submit their favorite homemade salsa recipes while Chartwells Catering will prepare the salsa on the day of the event. Participants will pick up a “Grab N’ Go” bag of chips and salsa, taste the location of their choice and vote for their favourite.
The tasting takes place on Tuesday, October 4 at the SUB from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last. The event will be competitive, tasty and will once again help kick off this year’s UNM Gives United Way campaign. Voting will be available from October 4 at 12:30 p.m. to October 7 at 5 p.m.
The annual Salsa Showdown has become a huge sweepstakes that generates excitement for the UNM Gives United Way campaign. In 2019, over 200 people attended the inaugural event, the in-person event and cast over 700 votes for the 20+ entries. The winner was determined by popular vote.
After the success of the 2019 event, UNM Gives United Way campaign organizers were determined to hold the event in 2020 and found a fun way to conduct it within the state’s COVID-19 health guidelines. with the Grab N’ Go concept. While state health guidelines have relaxed a bit over the past two years, campaign organizers felt it was still prudent to run the event with the most great health safety in mind.
“With the take-out approach, we can kick off our annual fundraising campaign to support United Way’s important work with a tasty, fun and competitive showdown while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines,” said Bridget, Coordinator of the UNM Gives campaign. Midday.
The University of New Mexico has proudly supported United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) for over 30 years. Last year’s UNM Gives campaign raised over $516,000. UNM’s involvement in the United Way campaign goes well beyond supporting the annual campaign. Many faculty, staff, and students volunteer with UWCNM, participate in events, and help out throughout the year through service and volunteerism.
For more information on the annual campaign, visit United Way of Central New Mexico.