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Pizza Wars Returns Thursday; 4 Mayors To Compete Eating Pizza Fastest

Gorge on pizza without guilt Jan. 16; the money all goes to help needy Niles Dist. 219 students. And watch the mayors of Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles, Lincolnwood chow down.

File photo of pizza from Graziano's Restaurant in Niles. Photo: Pam DeFiglio, Patch.com.
File photo of pizza from Graziano's Restaurant in Niles. Photo: Pam DeFiglio, Patch.com.

What could a person look forward to more than eating an unlimited quantity of good pizza? Well, sampling 11 different kinds of good pizza, and voting for the best one, of course.

That's what happens when the District 219 Education Foundation, a non-profit organization aiding students in need, puts on its annual "Pizza Wars" fundraiser.

And they're about to do it again. Clear your calendar for "Pizza Wars 4: May the Fourth Be With You" at Niles West High School (5701 Oakton St., Skokie) on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the event.  

A new feature this year will be a pizza eating contest between local Mayors. Starting at 5:30pm, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, Morton Grove Mayor Daniel DiMaria, Lincolnwood Mayor Jerry Turry, and Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo will race to see who can eat pizza the fastest. Please, gentlemen, leave the neckties at home.

Pizza tasting open to the public will begin at 6pm, and pizza eaters can vote for their favorite. The contest ends at 7:15pm. The trophy for best pizza will be awarded at 7:30pm. 

Participating pizzerias include Lou Malnati’sBarnaby’s,Father & Son Italian KitchenGiordano’sGulliver’sJet’s PizzaNancy’sOrganicLifePapa John’sVillage Inn, and Wa-pa-ghetti’s.

Advanced ticket prices are $12 per person, $40 for a family of 4, and $15 per person at the door. The evening will also feature live entertainment from Niles West and North student bands, face painting, a balloon artist and a strolling magician for the young at heart. Tickets may be purchased on the Foundation’s website at www.219foundation.org

And here's what your money goes toward, according to the District 219 Foundation: 

Approximately three out of every ten District 219 students qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program, a number that has grown dramatically since the Foundation was formed. Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $135,000 in grants in the form of graphing calculators, refurbished computers, AP testing, college entrance exams, community college scholarships, and college campus bus tours for students who may not have considered higher education until their visit. More recently, the Foundation has also been providing school supplies and breakfast bars to students in need. All funds raised will be used to benefit the students of District 219.

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