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firefighters win donut eating contest

Friday, June 01, 2018 17:48 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A team of firefighters pulled off what could be viewed as an upset considering police have a long standing reputation for eating donuts.

The team of Michigan City firefighters Nick Fabone, Drew Belue and Josh Allen consumed 44 donuts in ten minutes, outdistancing the police department squad by 6 ½ donuts before more than 50 often cheering spectators.

Belue wolfed down 18 of the donuts himself.

''I'm probably never going to eat donuts ever again. Well, at least for a week,'' Belue said.

Teams from the Michigan City Area Schools and Salvation Army ate 25 and 24 donuts respectively.

It was the third annual donut eating competition to raise money for the Salvation Army in Michigan City on National Donut Day.

According to historians, National Donut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for the Salvation Army in Chicago to help people struggling during the Great Depression and honor female Salvation Army volunteers serving donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Jessica O'Brien, development director for the local Salvation Army branch, said money was raised from the sale of raffle tickets at $10 apiece for prizes.

Mary Schlunz won on the grand prize of a one-month free membership for two at Anytime Fitness.

The other winner was Kesha Pate, who received a $100 gift certificate for the spa at Blue Chip Casino.

Sgt. Ken Drake consumed nearly half of the donuts eaten by his police department colleagues.

''The crowd got me motivated. I got into the event and I plowed right through them,'' Drake said.

The exact amount of money collected wasn't known but O'Brien estimated it would be about the same as the 'couple of thousand dollars'' raised from last year's event.

Proceeds support Salvation Army programs and services like the food pantry, men's overnight homeless shelter and utility assistance.

Salvation Army Capt. Johnny Bartsch said other reasons for the event are raising awareness on what the organization, inspire people to get involved and bring the community closer together.

''Raising some money. That's great, too, but we really just want to see people coming together and having some fun,'' Bartsch said.
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