Staff of Canadian Pizza Unlimited (CPU) Sylvan Lake are aiming to boost fundraising for a new arena and curling rink through their wing eating challenge next Saturday (Mar. 15).
At that time, contestants will compete against one another to see who can consume 25 chicken wings in the fastest time. With 100 per cent of proceeds going toward the Multiplex Redevelopment Fund Development Committee, CPU co-manager and event organizer Chris Carriere feels the event will be a true community effort.
“(CPU) is all about fun and family and community,” he said. “We wanted to give back to the community that has been supporting us for the last two years. If you don’t support the community, then who’s there to support you?”
Contestants will receive 25 wings and a drink for the $25 entry fee. They’ll compete in groups of five, divided by age, with those finishing in the fastest times crowned winners.
Instead of receiving designated prizes, winners will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of items donated by local businesses.
The diverse nature of those that have donated will ensure winners have plenty to choose from, said Carriere.
More prize donations are being sought, however, as are volunteers to help with running wings, cleaning and refereeing.
To compete in the event, participants must register in person at CPU Sylvan Lake at 1 Sylvan Dr. #4 before the Mar. 11 deadline. Donations must be received by that same date.
The event will run from 1-4 p.m., and will take place on CPU’s second anniversary of being in Sylvan Lake.
Carriere hopes it will be the first of many, and would like to see it become an annual tradition, supporting a different community organization or initiative every year.
“We’re hoping to do this every year on our anniversary,’ he said.
Carriere can be contacted for more information at 403-872-4666.