Drew Golden and Blake Stover were busy eating chicken wings as fast as they could during the wing-eating contest at Smoke-E's on Thursday evening. The event was held to raise funds for the cystic fibrosis foundation. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Drew Golden and Blake Stover were busy eating chicken wings as fast as they could during the wing-eating contest at Smoke-E's on Thursday evening. The event was held to raise funds for the cystic fibrosis foundation. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

LEIPSIC — Smoke'E's in Leipsic had a packed house Thursday night when they hosted a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis. The fundraiser was in honor of five-month old Evelyn Tussing, who has cystic fibrosis. Evelyn is the daughter of Aaron and Kelly Tussing, Leipsic.

“We want to support the foundation as they do research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis,” said Aaron. “It's not a high priority disease when research is funded.” Aaron said he believes they are only a few years away from finding a cure.

Supporters walked around wearing black t-shirts with butterflies with the symbolic cystic fibrosis purple ribbon in the center.

“We've already sold 200 shirts,” Aaron said.

Supporters could buy tickets to enter for drawings of several tables filled with prizes varying from coffee makers to jewelry, food, and a large handmade barn.

Smoke-E's also donated a percentage of their sales from chicken wings toward the cause.

Fourteen competitors sat down during the fundraiser to see who could eat the most chicken wings. In the end Drew Golden was able to “out eat” others in the competition to win a beer sign.

Read more about the Aug. 13 issue of the Putnam County Sentinel.