Heat Pizza hosts pie-eating fundraising competition

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

The United Way of West Alabama’s Young Leaders Society hosted its seventh annual pie eating contest Thursday. And by pie, they mean pizza pie.

The event served as a fundraiser for United Way’s partner agencies, and the winning agency takes the jackpot.

“This is a great way for our community and our next generation of leaders, that 21 to 45 age group of our Young Leaders Society to come together, do something fun, but also really have an impact and make a difference in our West Alabama community,” said United Way President and CEO Jackie Wuska.

Each agency appointed a pizza-loving contestant who could eat their way to the championship.

The event featured two winners: The agency that finished the most pizza and the one that raised the most money.

“We’d like to think that our Young Leaders Society pie eating contest gives other young folks an opportunity to see how they can make an impact and make a difference in the community while having a great time doing it,” Wuska said.

Contestants were not allowed to use their hands for the first minute of the challenge, but after that minute was up, they dug in and inhaled their pies the way God intended.

“It’ll be a light onto our organization, and we would’ve done something for the community, and I’d like to get the win,” said Lamarcus Lockett, who was representing Temporary Emergency Services in the contest.

Here are the winners from the contest:

  • Fastest Eater: John Gordon, for Alabama Head Injury Foundation
  • Most Money Raised: Taylor Kerekes, for Arts ‘n Autism.

The winning agencies split the $4,800 raised in the event.

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