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2017 Wing Ding For The Gibbs Center

Join 94.3 KAT Country on October 4th for the 2017 Wing Ding benefiting UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center for Independence in Jefferson City.

UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center Announces the

21st Annual Jefferson City Wing Ding

Fundraiser to take place Wednesday, Oct. 4th at The Jaycees’ Fairgrounds

Presented By Morris Packaging and Fischer Body Shop 

Jefferson City – UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center for Independence will be presenting the 21st Annual UCP Heartland Wing Ding on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Jaycee’s Fairgrounds.  Funds raised through the Wing Ding will help support lives of inclusion and independence for people living with disabilities in Jefferson City.

Brenda Wrench, President and CEO of UCP Heartland said, “Wing Ding is interactive, making it unique and fun. Adults and families can enjoy a variety of chicken wings from neighborhood restaurants and vote for their favorite wings to win.” Wrench added, “We appreciate the on-going support of the Jefferson City area for assisting us with the community UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center serves.”

The annual Wing Ding encourages event attendees to dine on a variety of wings, cast their ballot for the prestigious “People’s Choice Award” and help an important cause at the same time. Local restaurants donate their time and chicken wings to serve Wing Ding event attendees while a panel of Celebrity Judges will take part in a blind taste test to crown chicken wing winners in three categories:

  • Best Traditional Hot Wing  – sauced
  • Best Specialty Wing
  • Best Dry Rubbed Wings – un-sauced


General Admission tickets are $20 per person (pre-register by October 1) or $25 at the door and admission includes all-you-can-eat wings (until they run out) and two drink tickets. Children 10 and under are free. For ticket information and to purchase tickets, go to


Restaurants (13 so far) competing in this year’s wing competition includes:

  • Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
  • Champs Chicken
  • Ecco Lounge
  • Hy-Vee
  • Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub
  • Lutz’s BBQ
  • Primrose Retirement
  • Ria’s Restaurant and Lounge
  • Sawadee Thai Cuisine
  • Spectator’s
  • The Blue Skillet
  • Twin Bridges
  • West Main Pizza


The 2017 Jefferson City Wing Ding’s Celebrity Judges include:

  • Amy Berendzen, Jefferson City Public Schools
  • Carrie Tergin, Mayor
  • David Baker, The Dave Baker Band
  • Daniel Rittenhouse, Morris Converting (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Erin & Matt, 94 KAT Country
  • Jason Otke, Otke Construction
  • Jason Turner, Jefferson City Fire Department
  • Quinten Rice, Avenue HQ
  • Nathan Hayes, Jefferson City Autoplex
  • Nathan Suttenfield, Central Connections
  • Steven Loethen, Morris Converting (presenting sponsor)
  • Tami Turner, Jefferson City Magazine
  • Zach Paul, KRCG 13
  • John Marsh, News Radio KWOS 104.5 & 950
  • Devin Fischer, Fischer Auto Body


The fundraising goal for this year’s Jefferson City Wing Ding is $40,000. Event proceeds (100%) will directly support programs and services at UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center for Independence in Jefferson City that provides continued learning, vocational, and social experiences promoting independence, personal choice and growth for adults living with disabilities

Throughout the Jefferson City and Central Missouri region, UCP Heartland’s five primary programs include Adult Day Services, Children’s Services, Employment Services, Family Supportive Services and Residential Services.

Wrench said, “Wing Ding is an easy way to help people living with disabilities. UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center serves people with a spectrum of disabilities, ranging from genetic or developmental disabilities to disabilities that come from an accident or the aging process. In helping the Gibbs Center, you are helping yourself or a loved one today, or sometime in the future.”

Current sponsors for the 2017 Wing Ding include: “Presenting Sponsors” Morris Packaging and Fischer Body Shop; GFI Digital, Modern Land Company, Gibbs Pool & Turner PC, Central Bank, Hawthorn Bank and Jefferson Bank.

Interested restaurants and sponsors can still sign on for the 2017 Jefferson City Wing Ding event. Call Mary Hebrank at 636-779-2269 or go to www.wingding2017.

For information about the 2017 Jefferson City Wing Ding to benefit UCP Heartland’s Gibbs Center for Independence, please contact Kathleen Beach at 636.779.2299 or

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