PLAINVILLE - The Fifth Annual â€śKing of the Wing & Chili Cookoffâ€ť returns to Central CafĂ© Jan. 28, with proceeds Supporting PARC.
PARC is a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
The event, will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the CafĂ© at 24 Whiting St.
It will feature a $10 to enter contest where participants can bring their own chili for judging, and a $20 to enter contest where people compete to see who can eat the most chicken wings in 10 minutes.
The winner of the chili cookoff will receive a $150 cash prize, and the winner of the wing eating contest will receive a $250 cash prize.
There will also be raffles and MC Joel Lee will entertain as a DJ.
All proceeds during the duration of the event will benefit PARC.
PARC Director Erica Donovan said that the event has helped PARC raise as much as $1,000 in past years. This additional funding, she said, will help support PARCâ€™s arts and humanities programs.
â€śWe are putting a larger emphasis on these types of programs going ahead,â€ť said Donovan. â€śThey include nutrition programs and life skills such as shopping for produce and learning how to prepare food safely. Our art programs include everything from painting on canvas to making functional items like bird houses.â€ť
Donovan said that the â€śKing of the Wing & Chili Cookoffâ€ť event is â€śa lot of fun.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ve participated for the past three years and two years ago I judged it,â€ť she said. â€śI was not prepared for how hot some of those chilis would be. Theyâ€™ve come in all colors and flavors.
â€śThe wings are usually a more mild buffalo sauce. Even if you donâ€™t eat wings or chili, come for the fun, party atmosphere and the terrific DJ.â€ť
â€śOur members get really excited about it and they love to see the pictures,â€ť Donovan continued. â€śWe get a lot of great feedback.â€ť
PARCâ€™s mission â€śprotects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes by providing family centered support, direct services and advocacy.â€ť
The group celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.
For more information about PARC, call 860-747-0316, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit parcdisabilitiesct.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.