Epsilon Sigma Alpha, GW’s only community service sorority, held Gobble Fest, a speed-eating contest that raised money to support Saint Judes Children’s Hospital on Thursday.
The eating contest was a relay style competition, where a five man team had to have each member eat a plate of Thanksgiving food as fast as they could. When one member cleared their plate, the next team member in line immediately began eating. This went on until the last member cleared his or her plate.
Contestants weren’t allowed to use utensils or have their hands over the table, so this naturally made each contestant dive into their Turkey day meal face first, and begin chowing down with a gusto.
While the food eating contest was important, teams could also win a secondary prize if they, or their friends, donated money to their respective teams.
A medley of different student organizations, Greek organizations and local businesses arrived in support of Gobblefest. Greek organizations and student orgs went head to head in the competition while their non-participating members donated money to Saint Jude’s in support of their team. Bobby’s Burger Palace and the 9:30 club also had booths to show their support and had raffle drawings where participants could win free tickets to a show or a gift card.
Guests of the event could also give to Saint Jude’s by buying merchandise for the event or sending Get Well cards they could hand make with paper and crayons provided at a table.
This is the fourth year that GobbleFest commenced and most certainly won’t be the last.