Who: Wing lovers and Tubman supporters
What: Tubman's Wing Ding
Where: The Depot
When: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Why: To raise money and awareness for Tubman and to enjoy lots and lots of wings!
Being involved in a nonprofit is sometimes dirty work. But Tubman’s Wing Ding brings out the kind of dirty we enjoy: wing sauce on your face, constant napkin wiping, and the skill of indulging in a good chicken wing.
More than 15 restaurants were on hand to showcase their wing-cookin’ skills including 8th Street Grill, Green Mill, Joe’s Garage, Park Tavern, and Lone Spur Grill—and let’s just say things got sticky when I tried the honey teriyaki, bbq, and spicy wings. After wiping the sauce off of my fingers, I did spot some familiar faces in the crowd. Judge Diane Alshouse was chatting with Tubman’s president Beverly Dusso and Cities 97’s Brian “BT” Turner and Brian Oake emceed the event. Plus, there were a ton of silent auction items, including prints donated by local artist Adam Turman.
And of course, all the wing eating wasn’t for nothing. All proceeds from the event go to Tubman (named after pioneer Harriet Tubman, of course), which helps women, children, and families struggling with violence, substance abuse, and mental health. Tubman’s mission is to provide shelter and counseling for those going through crisis. Now that’s something worth digging in.
And for Tubman’s 17th annual party, getting dirty was worth it. This year’s Wing Ding is estimated to raise more than $40,000 for the organization. Time to go back for seconds.