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Schaumburg Wingfest crowns new champion

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  • Joe Daniszewski of Mount Prospect celebrates after winning a wing-eating contest Sunday during the Woodfield Area Children's Organization's 16th annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament in Schaumburg.

      Joe Daniszewski of Mount Prospect celebrates after winning a wing-eating contest Sunday during the Woodfield Area Children's Organization's 16th annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament in Schaumburg.
    Morgan Timms | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Daniszewski of Mount Prospect chews his way through 29 wings in 10 minutes Sunday during the Woodfield Area Children's Organization's 16th annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament in Schaumburg.

      Joe Daniszewski of Mount Prospect chews his way through 29 wings in 10 minutes Sunday during the Woodfield Area Children's Organization's 16th annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament in Schaumburg.
    Morgan Timms | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg Trustee Frank Kozak, left, and Weber Grill Executive Chef Dustin Green judge wings Sunday during the Woodfield Area Children's Organization's 16th annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament in Schaumburg.

      Schaumburg Trustee Frank Kozak, left, and Weber Grill Executive Chef Dustin Green judge wings Sunday during the Woodfield Area Children's Organization's 16th annual Wingfest & Bags Tournament in Schaumburg.
    Morgan Timms | Staff Photographer

 
By Morgan Timms
mtimms@dailyherald.com

The 16th annual Woodfield Area Children's Organization Wingfest & Bags Tournament charity event crowned a new champion Sunday in an afternoon of fundraising, laughs and friendly competition at Drink Nightclub in Schaumburg.

Across the 16 local restaurants judged, newcomer Sweet Caroline's Crab-n-Que of Hoffman Estates came out on top to win the "Best of the 'Burbs" Thighsman Trophy and a $250 cash prize. Sweet Caroline's impressed five judges in a blind taste test enough to dethrone 2015 champions Frato's Pizza of Schaumburg.

Ala Carte Entertainment representative Bob Whitehead, who accepted the award for Sweet Caroline's, said the win was extra special in their first year of competition.

"We've only been in business for a little over a year and a half now," Whitehead said. "This is our first year competing in Wingfest and it feels just fantastic to have won."

The day's fundraiser included wings and bags tournaments, wing-eating contests and live music to benefit the Woodfield Area Children's Organization, which has been helping disadvantaged children since 1979.

"This was the best Wingfest yet," Whitehead said. "We had the most sponsors we've ever had and it all goes to a great cause. That's the best part."

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