Ninth annual Pizza Challenge goes off without a hitch
Reps. Patrick Corey, Jess Fay and Mark Bryant taste testing
the pizza with Rotarian George Bartlett
you know that pizza is one of the most popular comfort foods and a go-to staple
for quick, family-friendly meals? Statistics show that 93 percent of Americans
eat at least one piece of pizza per month. Five billion pizzas are sold
worldwide each year, and the United States accounts for three billion of those
pizzas. The average person will eat 46 slices of pizza each year. Perhaps this
is the reason locals look forward to the annual Pizza Challenge hosted by the
Sebago Lake Rotary Club every year in late May.
Last Thursday, May 23 approximately 300
people attended the ninth annual Pizza Challenge. Attendees enjoyed pizza
tastings from local restaurants and had a blast socializing while raising money
for the club. While some of the money is used for discretionary giving, this is
the one and only event which raises funds for the operations of the club.
It was a friendly rivalry among the local
eateries and they all showcased their best that evening. The winner taking the
title of “Best Pizza” and “Most Creative” was Beacon Pizza of Raymond. Erik's
Church won “Best Meat Pizza” and Franco's Bistro won “Best Crust”.
The rotary would like to extend a big
thank you to all that attended and supported the event along with the
participating stores, restaurants and pizza places which included: Franco’s
Bistro, The Beacon Pizza, Pizza Hut, Sunset Variety, Erik’s Church, Pat’s
Pizza, Dominoes, Corsetti’s Westbrook and The Deck House.
Please be sure to support these local businesses while
getting your monthly, weekly or even daily pizza fix. It is because of them
that events like this are possible. Owning a business is tough and to take time
out of their already busy schedules to support organizations like the Sebago
Lake Rotary Club as well as many others is invaluable to our community.