By Rosemary K. Otzman
The Slider Eating Challenge at the BYC at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 is just one of the many events set over the next few weeks to earn money for Michigan Winter Special Olympics.
Former Van Buren Township Public Safety Director Mark Perkins is part of the Wertz Warriors who have been working to help Special Olympics for years.
He and Greg Boyer, both Van Buren Township residents, raise $3,500 a year and take part in the annual 1,000-mile snowmobile ride throughout Northern Michigan to raise funds for Special Olympics. That ride started last Sunday.
The annual Polar Plunge into Belleville Lake will be held at noon on Feb. 22 at the BYC, 831 E. Huron River Dr. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., with the parade of costumes starting at 11:45 a.m. and a celebration after the plunges.
Dave Katz is chairman of this year’s event, email email@example.com or call 313-460-2604 for more information. There are 30 Polar Plunges scheduled in 2014 in Michigan to earn money for Special Olympics.
Slider Eating Challenge
Perkins said Wertz Warriors held a Slider Challenge at a bar in Canton last year and it was a blast. Now, they are trying it in Belleville.
He said they usually get about 15 people to participate in the eating challenge. Scott Jones got involved and BYC is hosting a buffet at $10 per person, Perkins said. A cash bar is available.
Participants must raise a minimum of $100 for Special Olympics to enter and there are prizes for the top two fund raisers. All challenge participants get T-shirts and bragging rights.
The winner gets a prize and trophy. The current record is 14 burgers.
Participants have 30 minutes to eat as many sliders as they can and must eat everything that is on the slider: bun, meat, cheese. Burgers are roughly the size of “White Castle” burgers. If you throw up, you’re disqualified.
The public is invited to cheer on their favorite challenger.
For more information or to register contact Kathy Boyer, (734) 981-6960, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Slider Eating Challenge is presented by Woman’s Life Society Chapter 827 – Chicks 4 Charity, Wertz Warriors, and the BYC. Woman’s Life will match up to the first $500 raised.
There also will be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle.
All proceeds will benefit Michigan Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Michigan provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
By Rosemary K. Otzman