Just Wing It!

Wheeling Health Right Plans Wing Cook-Off Fundraiser to Help Boost Local Business

What did we learn in the year 2020?  Is it wise to make plans?  No!  It’s best to JUST WING IT!  That’s what Wheeling Health Right event organizers hope the Ohio Valley will do and join in a month-long event intended to help raise funds for the clinic while drumming up some business for local restaurants during these very trying times.

For JUST WING IT! Wheeling Health Right invites local restaurants to present their best wings, prepared, to area judges, in a televised “cook-off” contest.  The winner of each category will be announced and prizes will be awarded during a livestream broadcast at 2 pm, on February 24th, at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack. In the time before the live event, participating restaurants will host a month-long People’s Choice contest.  The Ohio Valley will be asked to visit each participating restaurant to purchase full orders of their wing entries as they appear on the menu.  Members of the public will vote on their favorite wings, by placing a dollar in the entry box.  (These dollars will be a donation to Wheeling Health Right and will determine the winner of People’s Choice.)

The categories to be judged are:

  1. Wet (non-hot)
  2. Dry (non-hot)
  3. Hot
  4. Specialty (the wing you consider that you are known for)
  5. Unique (not a menu item, strange ingredients welcome) – JUST WING IT!

Wheeling Health Right Executive Director said enthusiasm is high for this event since it does not only benefit the clinic.  “We anticipate JUST WING IT! as not just a fundraiser for Wheeling Health Right but as a timely business booster for the local restaurants that are struggling right now,” Brown said.  “This overlaps the Super Bowl and we’re conducting it during a traditionally slow time for restaurant business.  We truly hope this helps.”

The live event is set for 2 pm Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack.
𝐃𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜.  The period of ordering is set to kick off Saturday, January 23rd.  Deadline for restaurants to enter, to be included in the contest, is January 22nd. Call Wendy Tronka or Dee Phillips at 304.233.1135 to enter today.  To donate, please visit www.wheelinghealthright.com.

Pickles Eatery & Bar
The Market Vines
TJ’s Sports Garden Restaurant
19th Hole
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
Vagabond Kitchen
Salsa Joe’s Tex-Mex Smokehouse
Eden Family Restaurant
The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, Inc.
Belmont Brewerks
Generations Restaurant & Pub
Sha Nay Nay’s Pizza
Abbeys Restaurant and Lounge
Otey’s SmokeHouse
River City
Alpha Tavern
Dawgs Den
Ruttenbucks Bar & Grill
Ig’s Pigs BBQ
LaLa’s VooDoo Lounge
Hangover BBQ
Don’t forget that when you collect receipts containing wing orders and send in any number of those proofs of wing purchases to us at Attention: Wendy Tronka, 61-29th St., Wheeling, WV 26003 by Feb. 22, you will be entered into a drawing for gift cards from participating restaurants. Call 304.233.1135, comment here, or PM us for more information.

Happy tasting!