Wing, after wing, after wing was devoured at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bridgeport on Wednesday at the annual hot wing eating contest, and with them came donations for the United Way of Harrison County.
“We have 21 agencies and 33 programs that are out doing the heavy lifting everyday and every dollar that we raise from this competition goes directly to the charities that we support,” said Marie Battles, the Executive Director of the United Way of Harrison County.
This was the 5th year for the contest, that so far has raised over $90,000.
“Our employees work, live, and go to school in these communities, as well as our production sites,” said David Patsy of Antero Resources, which helps sponsor the contest. “We produce gas in all of these communities. Our land owners are in these communities and we believe very firmly in being involved and being a part of the community.”
Over 20 contestants had just 8 minutes to eat as many hot wings as they could. The winners were not only the person who ate the most wings, but raised the most money as well.
“It’s very serious,” said Patsy. “It’s harder than it looks to be quite honest with you. As far as preparation, I don’t really do any but it’s a lot tougher than it looks.”
After all the wings were tallied Jim Wilson was this year’s winner, eating a record 40 wings. This year’s fundraising winner, Josh Wykoff raised over $14,000, adding to the grand total of $34, 871 to be added to the United Way’s Campaign.
You can still donate to the United Way of Harrison County until the end of February. If you’d like to donate, visit www.unitedwayhcwv.org, or you can call 304-624-6337. You can also donate by texting “GIVE2016” TO 41444.