LAKE PLACID - The wings were flying at the fifth annual Wing Wars benefit event held Sunday, Nov. 11 at Wiseguys Sports Bar and Grill in Lake Placid. Dancing Bears Restaurant won the most votes for the best wings at Wing Wars, but the the real winner was North Country Life Flight.
WSLP 93.3 FM raised $2,619 for the local organization with the event. That's the most money Wing Wars has ever raised, according to Paul Varga, a morning host with WSLP, who also emceed the event, which he called a success.
"Anytime we can raise awareness for this amazing service that supports to many in our area is a success," Varga told the News.
Heidi Thompson and Terry Chevalier of Price Chopper, which took part in the competition, serve wings to event guests.
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Attendees of Wing Wars were treated to all-you-can-eat wings for as long as they lasted. The event also included raffles and silent auction items, with all the funds benefitting Life Flight. Those who came to eat wings, also were the ones who voted on their choice for 2012 Wing War winner.
North Country Life Flight is a not-for-profit air medical rescue service serving northern New York state. The rescue team "bridges the gap between community and tertiary care by minimizing the time it takes for patients to reach the most appropriate facility based on their profile of injury or illness," according to the agency's website.
The local establishments that served wings at the event were 2008, 2009 and 2011 Wing War Champion, Wiseguys; 2010 Wing War Champion Kanu Restaurant at Whiteface Lodge, The Cottage Cafe, Dancing Bears Restaurant at High Peaks Resort, Delta Blue Restaurant and Price Chopper.
It was the most delicious event ever, even more satisfying to know how much money was raised!" Varga told the News, I can't thank everyone know for coming out ... and everyone went home with a full stomach is just the cherry on the cake ... or sauce on the wing."
Tax-deductible donations to support North Country Life Flight's air rescue mission can be mailed to P.O. Box 994, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.