King of the Wing

Attending the King of the Wing check presentation on Aug. 9 at Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas are the non-restaurant first place team, Green Banana Design; John Engerman, Junior Achievement of the Virgin Islands board chairman; Jason Charles, Alpine Securities/King of the Wing coordinator; Albert Bryan Jr., executive director of JAVI; Elli Ausubel, White Bay Group director; and members of The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, winners of the King of the Wing restaurant category.

The eighth-annual King of the Wing contest donated $60,994.56 to Junior Achievement of the Virgin Islands at a check presentation at the Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas.

Sponsored by Corona and Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International and produced by Alpine Securities and White Bay Group, King of the Wing took place on June 10 at Magens Bay beach in St. Thomas. Nearly 40 teams consisting of the top local restaurants, businesses, organizations and chicken wing connoisseurs set up their grills to cook up chicken wings for the 5,000-plus attendees and claim bragging rights for the best tasting wings on the island.

Event sponsors Corona and Captain Morgan provided beverages and support while St. Thomas’ own R. City delighted the crowd with an energy-packed performance. Celebrity judges R. City and Sports Illustrated model Hannah Ferguson worked with the rest of the judging panel to choose the winners of the King of the Wing.

All proceeds from this year’s event were donated to Junior Achievement of the Virgin Islands, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to teaching young people in the Virgin Islands about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The mission of JAVI is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in today’s global economy.