Annual Chuck Williams’ Auction and Cook-off raises thousands


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters hosted its annual Chuck Williams’ Auction and Chili Cook-off.

This is its largest fundraiser of the year, to help raise money for various programs.

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President of the FOF Todd Houston said not only is this event important to honor one of their fallen, it’s important for the community as well.

Chuck Williams was a firefighter who was killed in 1997 but Houston says his memory lives on.

“He fell through the floor of an arson fire in ’97 and he was a big supporter of the toy program and the FOF so to honor his name the next year in ’98 they started this auction so and it’s grown. every year it gets bigger and bigger and bigger,” Houston said.

All of the auction items were donated from the public and businesses within the community.

Houston said 229 people paid to attend the event.

“It’s pretty amazing to have this outpouring. A lot of people come because it was Chuck. Chuck’s dad was here, Chuck’s family members are here. Dawn Southworth, who was Chuck’s uncle, he worked with Chuck at his auctioneer’s house and that’s who still comes and does the auction for us for free 21 years later,” Houston said.

The event raised over $20,000 on Sunday, December 1st.