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Colleges Against Cancer hosts Wings of Hope kickoff party

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– Westminster’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer welcomed students to its Wings of Hope event Thursday for a night of celebrating the upcoming Relay for Life.

The event, which took place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Titan Club, centered around a chicken wing eating competition in which three students participated.

Joe Bortak won the contest after eating five chicken wings in one minute and 47 seconds. He received a gift basket that contained a variety of candy, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, a water bottle, flip-flops and coupons for specific items from campus dining facilities.

“The competition is for a great cause, and also on top of that I got to do something I love—eating,” Bortak said.

Sodexo donated five chicken wings for each participant in the competition, and CAC President Nikki Savini judged it.

The entry fees for the contest and all other proceeds from the event are being donated to the American Cancer Society.

This was the fourth annual Wings of Hope, but it was the first time that CAC, advised by Jesse Mann, sponsored it. Alpha Sigma Phi hosted Wings of Hope and Relay for Life in the previous years.

CAC’s sponsor asked the group to take over Wings of Hope and Relay for Life during spring break, Haley Rich, a CAC member, explained.

“We did not have that much time to plan the event, and it has been a lot of work,” Rich said.

Relay for Life will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday inside Old 77 due to a rainy weather forecast.

Team Sodexo will be raffling off three gift baskets at 5 p.m. during the event.

These baskets include a lottery ticket tree, a Mother’s Day wreath and a leather bracelet with an owl snap.

The event will also include an opening ceremony, a survivor lap, Zumba and performances by the Nasturtium Quartet and Adam Kaiser.

A Luminaria service will take place at 6:30 p.m. as the closing ceremony for Relay for Life. The service will honor both survivors and those who have lost their battles with cancer.

This is the second year in a row that Relay for Life will occur inside Old 77 due to weather conditions.

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